* Lark Ann Freeman Arrested for Alleged Abduction in U-Haul Truck
Published by Junior Staff Writer on January 6, 2011
A Fairfield woman accused of kidnapping several people and locking them in a U-Haul truck is scheduled to enter a plea in Marin County Superior Court later this month. Lark Ann Freeman, 36, delayed entering pleas to felony kidnapping and false imprisonment charges in court on Wednesday, Marin County Deputy District Attorney Linda Witong said. Freeman was arrested Friday morning after a National Park Service ranger saw her drive through a red light at the one-way tunnel between Fort Baker and Fort Barry on the way to the Marin Headlands at about 9:45 a.m., Golden Gate National Recreation Area spokeswoman Alexandra Picavet said. The ranger tried to stop the U-Haul truck but the driver kept going, Picavet said. The ranger summoned Sausalito police and U.S. Park Police, and other National Park Service rangers also responded, Picavet said. Freeman stopped the U-haul on the Bird Island overlook where police inserted triangular pieces of wood around the tires to prevent her from driving away, Picavet said. A 74-year-old man who was riding in the cab of the truck told Freeman he needed to use the bathroom and contacted park rangers at the scene, Picavet said. He said Freeman had picked him up in People’s Park in Berkeley and that there were three other men who were being held against their will in the back of the truck, Picavet said. Tactical teams approached the truck cab and took Freeman into custody after she refused to cooperate with a U.S. Park Police hostage negotiation team, Picavet said.Freeman said she believed the world was going to end in an earthquake at 11:11 a.m. Friday and she wanted to prepare for it, Picavet said. In the Marin County jail booking log, Freeman lists her occupation as “Save the World.” She also is charged with misdemeanor evading police, obstructing a public officer and felony evading police with disregard for public safety. She is being held on $50,000 bail. She is scheduled to return to court to enter a plea on Jan. 18.
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