Santa Maria Man Arrested on a Charge of Attempted Kidnapping

Jun 26, 2015

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department is asking for help in the investigation of a Santa Maria man facing an attempted kidnapping charge. 

41-year-old Jose Alfredo Martinez was arrested on a charge of attempted kidnapping.

Investigators say 41-year-old Jose Martinez is suspected of trying to kidnap a young woman on a trail near Pirate’s Cove in Avila Beach Monday. 

The following day three women reported seeing a man fitting Martinez’s description masturbating in the parking lot at Pirate’s Cove.

A deputy patrolling the area encountered Martinez and arrested him Wednesday. 

Investigators are asking anyone who may have seen Martinez in the area to contact the sheriff's department at 805-781-4550.