Cashier helps save woman from kidnappers


A quick-thinking cashier in California helped save a woman from suspected kidnappers.

Video shows the moment a woman, who investigators say was kidnapped from Fresno and sexually assaulted overnight, got away from her captors by convincing them to let her use the bathroom. 

She walked into a Waterford gas station and asked the first person she saw for help.

“The first thing she did tell me was, ‘I was kidnapped and they do have guns. Please lock the door. They will kill us or kill me.’ So it was kind of like, okay, well, all right,” said Triple R cashier, Savannah Pritchett.

It was just before 3:00, Wednesday afternoon when 24-year-old Savannah Pritchett, a cashier realized the severity of the situation and needed to make a split decision.

“She said she didn’t have a phone and I had my cellphone in my pocket and I was like, ‘Hey, I’ll put Stanislaus County on the phone and here you go,'” said Pritchett.

Trying to find a safe spot, Pritchett took her into the back of the store and into the bathroom where she locked the door.

She told the girl, “don’t open the door until you hear the sheriffs.”

Two suspects, one 18 years old and another 16 years old wait outside and when Pritchett locks the front door, they try to get in.  After hiding the victim, Pritchett unlocked the store and told the suspects the woman was using the restroom. 

“Her being able to get this victim into a secured restroom with a phone to be able to contact law enforcement very well may have saved her life,” says Sgt. Tom Letras with the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies arrive with guns drawn and storm the store. Inside, they get 18-year-old Anthony Sandoval on the ground and arrest him. Two 16-year-olds are also arrested.  A gun is found inside the suspects’ car, and another in the store.

“If I wouldn’t have believed her, what would have happened to her?” says Pritchett. She hasn’t been able to stop thinking about the woman and says she was just trying to do the right thing. 

“If you tell me that you’re in distress, okay, well, let’s try to figure it out and get you out of it,” says Pritchett. 

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