A man and woman accused of kidnapping a Lodi man while test-driving his vehicle appeared in court for the first of a two-day preliminary hearing Thursday.
Only the alleged victim testified in San Joaquin County Superior Court in the case of 51-year-old Richard Harvey and 39-year-old Kathleen Martinez, who face several charges, including carjacking and kidnapping to commit a robbery.
The Lodi man, who spoke through a translator, testified that he met Harvey and Martinez at his home on Sept. 2 after posting his Chevrolet S10 pickup for sale on Craigslist.
He previously bought the vehicle online, the Lodi man testified. But when his father in Mexico fell ill, he decided to sell the pickup.
In response to questions from Deputy District Attorney Donald Vaughn, the man said he, Martinez and Harvey took the vehicle for a test drive.
With Martinez behind the wheel, Harvey in the backseat and the Lodi man in the passenger seat, they drove onto Highway 99, heading north.
The man testified that during the ride, once he thought Martinez and Harvey wanted to purchase the vehicle, he asked that they turn around and head back to his home.
The Lodi man testified that Harvey replied, “I’m not going to turn around.”
The Lodi man said Harvey proceeded to point a firearm at his head and demanded his cellphone, wallet which contained about $500 and the papers to the pickup.
“ ... I was afraid he was going to kill me,” the man testified.
As Martinez continued driving north, Harvey told the man “you’re coming with us,” the Lodi man testified.
But he pleaded to be released in Galt.
Harvey and Martinez complied, he said, and abandoned him along Liberty Road, then kept the car and continued driving north.
On Oct. 2, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department SWAT team arrested Harvey in Sacramento.
Harvey and Martinez, who currently reside in San Joaquin County Jail, face charges of carjacking, kidnapping to commit a robbery and kidnapping to facilitate a carjacking. Harvey also faces a charge of personal use of a firearm along with a Sacramento County warrant for several charges, including taking a vehicle without consent.
The preliminary hearing will continue Monday.