A registered sex offender has been charged with allegedly kidnapping a woman from a K-Mart parking lot in Antioch earlier this week and sexually assaulting her, a prosecutor said. Antioch resident and sex registrant Kevin Harvey, 43, was charged today with kidnapping for robbery or sexual purposes and attempted kidnapping for sexual purposes as well as several enhancements under California’s Three Strikes law, according to the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office.
The charges stem from crimes that began in a K-Mart parking lot on Monday, according to police and prosecutors. Deputy District Attorney Derek Butts said Harvey was in the parking lot at 3625 E. 18th St. when he approached a woman and attempted to kidnap her. The woman was able to get to her car and drive away before he could reach her, Butts said.The woman reported the crime several hours later, he said. Another woman walking through the parking lot to her car a short time later was not as lucky.
Around 2:30 p.m., Harvey allegedly pulled out a handgun, approached the woman and forced her into her car. He then had her drive to different locations in Antioch where he sexually assaulted her, according to Butts. After about eight hours, the woman was able to escape from Harvey and ran to a nearby home where she called police, he said.
The next day, officers captured Harvey after being called to another incident in which the suspect allegedly brandished a gun in the parking lot of the Somersville Towne Center at 2556 Somersville Road, according to police. He was identified as the suspect in Monday’s kidnapping and sexual assault and earlier attempted abduction, Butts said. Harvey was taken to county jail in Martinez where he is being held on $1.4 million bail. He is scheduled for arraignment in Martinez at 1:30 p.m. Monday.
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