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Kidnapper Walks Into Police Station With Victim in Tow

Kidnapper Walks Into Police Station With Victim in Tow

San Jose Mercury News via YellowBrix

October 05, 2010

SAN JOSE – A two-day hunt for a San Jose man suspected of kidnapping a woman from her Berryessa neighborhood home ended Monday night when he walked in to police headquarters with the victim and turned himself in.

“He just walked into the main lobby,” said San Jose Police Sgt. Ronnie Lopez.

Brian Bui Adrong, 28, also known as Tony Pham, is suspected of abducting Judy La, an 18-year-old San Jose woman, from her home Sunday morning. Adrong is also accused of stabbing a 28-year-old man who lived at the home with La before forcing La into a car and fleeing, San Jose police said.

At 7:20 p.m., however, Adrong surrendered.

La did not appear to be harmed, Lopez said. Adrong, who was being questioned Monday night, was expected to be booked into jail that evening.

Although news reports suggested that La went with Adrong willingly and that he was her off-and-on-again boyfriend, Lopez said, authorities could not confirm what her relationship with the suspect actually was. Police were treating La as a victim and a witness.

The victim whom Adrong is accused of stabbing is in stable condition.

Police have not provided any motives for the attack or kidnapping.

Adrong has been in and out of custody for the past several years; he has been sentenced to prison on three separate occasions, according to court records.

Adrong was convicted in 2004 and 2008 on a variety of charges, including possession and being under the influence of Advertisement methamphetamine and reckless driving, according to court documents. Adrong also served time in prison following a robbery conviction in 2001, according to court records.

In June 2008, Adrong pleaded guilty to one count of possession of methamphetamine and was sentenced to 16 months in prison, according to court records. In 2004, Adrong pleaded no contest to a range of seven charges, including reckless driving, using or being under the influence of methamphetamine and cocaine and battery on a peace officer. Adrong was sentenced to 32 months in prison.

It was the second suspected kidnapping of the weekend in San Jose. A day earlier, 26-year-old Justin Moya forced his former girlfriend and their infant child into his pickup truck late Saturday night, then led police on a 75-mile chase Saturday night from East San Jose to Woodside.

That chase ended 12:11 a.m. Sunday with a crash on Interstate 280. Moya jumped 30 feet from the freeway shoulder onto Woodside Road. He was taken into custody and hospitalized.

Anyone with information about the the case can call the San Jose Police Department’s assault unit at 408-277-4161, or during non-business hours the San Jose Police Communications Center at 408-277-8900. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers at 408-947-STOP (7867).


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