Usually, the words “domestic disturbance” spur images of violent incidents in people’s houses.

But this past Sunday, March 10, 2019, near the Great Mall, police received a call of a domestic disturbance happening inside a moving car…

According to the call, a man was driving along Montague Expressway with a female passenger and was hitting her as they rode. The driver’s behavior led to him plowing into another car. The accident happened less than 2 minutes after the initial domestic disturbance call had come in.

As such, Milpitas Police Department officers were at the scene of the accident 17 seconds after it took place. The driver, Ray Arthur Flores (33) of Santa Clara, got out of his car and began to hurry off. But police went after him on foot and promptly arrested him.

The ensuing investigation revealed that the victim/passenger had secured a restraining order against Flores. On the morning of the 10th, in San Jose, Flores forced the victim and her 3 kids into his car. En route through Milpitas, he got caught behaving violently. Although his violence in the car led to the police being called, his prior behavior amounted to a kidnapping.

Police booked him into the Santa Clara County main jail. Charges: domestic violence, a restraining order violation, kidnapping, false imprisonment, auto theft, child endangerment, fleeing the scene of a traffic collision, narcotic-related offenses, & an outstanding warrant.

In a press release, MPD personnel stated, “The Milpitas Police Department would also like to thank the public for immediately contacting 9-1-1 to report this in-progress crime. Your quick action led to the immediate arrest of Flores and the rescue of the victim and her four children!”

Got more info? Call the MPD: 408-586-2400. Or the Crime Tip Hotline, to keep it anonymous: 408-586-2500. Or just go to the MPD’s website: http://www.ci.milpitas.ca.gov/crimetip

Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro is a writer and filmmaker. He is the author of six critically acclaimed fiction books, among them the novella "It's Only Temporary" (2005), which appeared on Nightmare Magazine's list of the Top 100 Horror Books, and numerous short stories published in anthologies alongside work by H.P. Lovecraft, Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, Chuck Palahniuk, and many others. His nonfiction articles have been published on The Daily Dot, Ravishly, and The Good Men Project. His first feature film, "Rule of 3" (2010), won awards at the Fantasia International Film Festival and Shriekfest, and had its U.S. premiere at Fantastic Fest. His second feature film, "Living Things" (2014), was endorsed by PETA (People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals) and distributed by Cinema Libre Studio. In 2015, he won the 19th Annual Fade In Award for Thriller Screenplays. He was a founding partner of Ghostwriters Central, a writing and editing firm which received positive notices from The Wall Street Journal, Consumers Digest, and the TV program "Intelligence For Your Life." Eric has edited works published on The Huffington Post and Forbes, as well as two Bram Stoker Award-nominated novels.

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