Drone Assists Tracy Police in Dramatic Hostage Rescue

Tracy successfully rescued a woman held at gunpoint and arrested two suspects in a tense operation on Friday. The incident unfolded at a residence on Lankershire Drive, where officers deployed a video-equipped drone to survey the scene and apprehend the alleged kidnappers, reports CBS News.

Suspects Arrested

Two men were taken into custody in connection with the kidnapping:

  • Gerado Tornero-Rosales, 26, of Livermore, was accused of kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon.
  • Angel Lopez-Gutierrez, 24, of Oakland, was accused of kidnapping and rape.

Drone Deployment Proves Crucial

Upon receiving information about the hostage situation around 4:45 p.m. on Friday, Tracy police officers swiftly surrounded the residence. They launched a video-equipped drone, which proved instrumental in spotting Tornero-Rosales attempting to flee through the back of the home. Officers promptly arrested him, while Lopez-Gutierrez surrendered at the front of the residence.

The use of the drone allowed police to gain critical situational awareness and coordinate their response effectively, ultimately leading to the safe rescue of the hostage and the apprehension of the suspects.

Appeal for Information

As the investigation continues, Tracy police are urging anyone with relevant information to come forward. Detectives Andrew Glover and Lissette Ortiz are leading the inquiry and can be reached at the following contacts:

  • Detective Andrew Glover: (209) 831-6607 or Andrew.Glover@TracyPD.com
  • Detective Lissette Ortiz: (209) 831-6569 or Lissette.Ortiz@TracyPD.com

The successful rescue operation in Tracy highlights the critical role that advanced technology, such as drones, can play in modern policing. The swift actions of the officers involved, coupled with the strategic deployment of the drone, ensured the safe release of the hostage and the arrest of the alleged perpetrators. As the investigation unfolds, the community remains hopeful that justice will be served and that the victim will receive the support needed to recover from this harrowing ordeal.

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