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Transient Arrested on Suspicion of Kidnapping Teenager in Malibu

Alexis Fantauzzi, 28, was captured after a bystander noticed the girl signaling for help and called the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

A transient accused of kidnapping a teenager at a Pacific Coast Highway intersection in Malibu last week is behind bars today on $2 million bail.

Alexis Fantauzzi, 28, faces felony charges of kidnapping for carjacking, kidnapping with the intent to commit another crime, annoy or molest a child, vandalism and attempting escape from arrest, according to Nicole Nishida, a sheriff's public information officer.

Fantauzzi was in and out of county jail three times on assault and burglary charges in May, and was most recently released on May 26, according to court records.

Fantauzzi is accused of jumping into the girl’s car while she was stopped at the traffic signal at Webb Way and Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 12, Nishida said. The teenager was on her way to school.

The girl was held against her will as she and the man drove around Malibu for several hours, according to Sgt. Dan Scott of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Special Victims Bureau.

“He stopped to get gas. She had gotten the attention of a bystander who called the Lost Hills/Malibu Sheriff’s Station,” Scott said.

Deputies located the vehicle and arrested Fantauzzi, Scott said. He would not say where the girl was found. The bystander, Scott said, played a significant role in providing information that led to her rescue.

The girl, whose name and age were withheld to protect her identity, is back with her family.

Several people contacted Malibu Patch last week, expressing concern that authorities had not yet released information about the abduction.

Fantauzzi is due in court at the Los Angeles Airport Courthouse on June 28, records show.

buckfarack June 19, 2012 at 03:14 AM
Could it be that Patch didn't want to REVEAL the race of the perp? BETCHA IT IS.
Nancy Wride (Editor) June 19, 2012 at 03:22 AM
or perhaps Patch doesn't know, because police aren't certain, and if you misspeak, and a witness counters that, it could prove a problem at trial.
Marie Cunningham June 19, 2012 at 09:52 AM
Well done, Nancy!
sharon June 19, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Buckfarack - DON'T START!
Scout June 19, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Cudos to the good samaritan who phoned it it!
Knucklehead June 19, 2012 at 03:25 PM
The only race involved here, is the race to the bottom, & you`re in the lead. You BETCHA & also.
Linda Vallejo June 19, 2012 at 04:29 PM
This guy looks like the one that was viewing porn in the library in front of minors that some uf us were complaining about. Not certain about that, but I have seen him several times around town. Library staff and City Council did nothing but pacify us. Not surprised that the Sheriffs Dept. Did not notify community. I am surprised that their spokesman Steve Whitmore did not call "no foul play" as he usually does. Thank God that this teen is now back with her family. Malibu is starting to sound just like another crime infested city w homicides, suicides, drug busts, kidnapping and bomb threats.
Jo Cherkas June 19, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Whoa. How scary for this young girl. So glad she was able to get the attention of a bystander and get the help she needed. Lock this jerk up for good! Ladies (and gents) make sure that you always always lock your car once you're inside it. Don't give anyone the chance to jump in your car.
Gerald Elekes June 19, 2012 at 09:00 PM
The next time you have a "hunch' like that call the police. Trust me, if the guy is not out "capering," or dirty with warrants, he will not mind talking to LE for a few moments to ensure no law-abiding citizens are harmed. When the hair on the back of your neck goes up, acknowledge it and react appropriately. As we used to say on-the-job: '"If it's worth one look, it's probably worth another." Crime knows no boundries.
Hans Laetz June 19, 2012 at 09:37 PM
If we had a sheriff's station on THIS side of the hill, perhaps the young lady could have driven into it. We don't. Malibu is easily the furthest city from its local law enforcement station than any other city in Los Angeles County. Even Avalon has a sheriff's office. But we are 25 minutes' drive from the local copshop, and the scum like this guy know that.
Elena Corral June 20, 2012 at 04:43 PM
First and most importantly I'm so glad that the young girl was rescued and that the bystander was smart enough to go with his gut. I won't go to Ralphs, Starbucks or CVS, alone at night. Same goes for Pavilions. There are too many sketch looking people hanging around these businesses ALL the time. I guess I need to be worried in broad daylight as well. Mentally ill people (indistinguishable from bums) need help but they're not going to get it loitering at Ralph's etc. If we continue to tolerate the presence of these people, we continue to put our kids and everyone else at risk.
Mr. Shelley J. Cohen June 23, 2012 at 11:34 PM
I have been thinking about moving to Malibu. Nice little place by the beach. Maybe a large bed room, private of course. Nice bathroom. I'm a senior gentleman. Law enforecment background. Very independent. Something around 1500 dollars a month. Is that reasonable? Good references. Some one out there help me or am I a dreamer? Mr. Shelley
Ben Marcus June 24, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Call Sue at 310 456-3146. She has places.
Craig Diesel June 24, 2012 at 04:06 PM
$1.5M fine 650+ year sentence for this loser. We need to send a message.

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