Napa police have arrested a third suspect for the alleged kidnapping of a Napa man who was bound with zip ties and put into the trunk of a car last Thursday. Cheryl Roberts, 33, of Napa, was arrested at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the adult probation building, police Capt. Jeff Troendly said. She was identified as one of the three suspects involved in the assault and kidnapping of 40-year-old Shane Michael Newhouse after a fight in the 2100 block of Shurtleff Avenue, Troendly said. Newhouse jumped out of the trunk of a moving, green Ford sedan in the area of Soscol Avenue near Napa State Hospital around 3:30 p.m. on July 25. He then ran through traffic claiming he had been kidnapped, and was taken to Queen of the Valley Medical Center, Troendly said. Police followed the car that was traveling south on state Highway 29 with its trunk open. They arrested the car’s owner, 49-year-old Donald Arthur Lawson and 36-year-old Daniel Allen Rowe, both of Vallejo, on suspicion of evading police when they stopped the car in a vineyard near South Kelly and Paoli Loop roads, Troendly said. Lawson had warrants out of Napa and Solano counties, police said.
Roberts was on a conditional release from jail on a prior burglary case and she fled the kidnapping because she knew she had a warrant for her arrest, Troendly said. She turned herself in on the warrant and was released from jail. She then reported to the adult probation building as directed and was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping, attempted murder, conspiracy, assault and committing a felony while out on bail, Troendly said. A preliminary hearing for Roberts is scheduled for Tuesday. Lawson’s and Rowe’s preliminary hearings are scheduled for Aug. 9.
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