A Lompoc man is facing felony charges, including attempted murder and kidnapping, after police say he attacked his ex-girlfriend and tried to strangle her.
Lompoc police say officers responded to the 1600 block of West Central Avenue Friday morning.
Police say the woman’s ex-boyfriend, identified as Billie Marable, 50, forced the victim at gunpoint to drive her vehicle from a parking lot on the100 block of N. V Street.
“The victim drove to Central Avenue where she attempted to escape by pulling her vehicle over and fight the suspect for the firearm,” police said in a press release, adding, “Passing citizens stopped to help the victim who was able to take the firearm away. The suspect then fled the area in the Victim’s vehicle.”
While the vehicle was found shortly after in a cabbage field on San Pasqual Road, according to police, the suspect was not found.
On Tuesday, police say investigators found and arrested Marable at a hotel parking lot on the 1200 block of North H Street.
He faces charges of attempted murder, kidnapping, stalking, assault with a firearm, robbery, carjacking, felon in possession of a firearm and committing a felony while using a firearm.