Kidnapper gets 20 years
A Carson City man accused of kidnapping and assaulting a Homewood woman last summer pleaded guilty Tuesday in Placer County Superior Court.
Douglas T. Gildark, 39, pleaded guilty to kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon, infliction of great bodily injury, and the use and possession of several illegal deadly weapons. He was immediately sentenced to 24 years and 8 months in a California state prison.
The 21-year-old victim was hitchhiking along State Route 28 just east of Tahoe City around 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 17 when Gildark stopped and offered her a ride. After getting into the vehicle, Gildark pulled out a handgun and ordered her to the floor of the vehicle, handcuffed and seatbelted her in the vehicle. He drove her east along State Route 28 toward Kings Beach.
The victim told police that she struggled with Gildark and attempted to free herself. Near Sahara Drive in Agate Bay she was able to open the car door and jump out while Gildark was traveling around 40 to 50 mph. He continued east after she jumped.
A radio broadcast was immediately put out with a description of Gildark and his car. Washoe County Sheriff’s deputies spotted Gildark in Incline Village. He had a loaded handgun at the time of his arrest, authorities said. A search of the car revealed two more firearms and a machete, investigators said.
“This is a very solid result in a very difficult case,” said Placer County Deputy District Attorney Gene Gini. “This plea guarantees that Gildark will remain in prison for at least 20 years.”
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