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Santa Fe man accused of terrorizing single women

Updated: 12/02/2013 10:49 PM | Created: 12/02/2013 10:48 PM
By: Caleb James, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Santa Fe police say a man recently arrested for attempted kidnapping terrorized several single women, and that was just the beginning of what this man may be capable of.

In jail tonight on a $100,000 bond is 21-year-old Ryan Catron.

Catron is deaf, and police believe he approached his would-be victims by asking them for help.

Red flags about Catron showed up to Santa Fe law enforcement long before his arrest in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Catron was arrested in Santa Fe in October -- that's when he came up on SFPD's radar.

On Oct. 13, an employee of Santa Fe strip club "Cheeks" called police to report a suspicious man was following her. That man was Catron.

Cops say Catron violently crashed his car and was arrested for DUI. That's when SFPD learned he had a serious warrant out of Indiana.

"Child solicitation and possession of drugs," said SFPD spokeswoman Celina Westervelt.

Catron was booked on the warrant, but he posted the $20,000 bond. Santa Fe police didn't see Catron again until this weekend.

Around 2:30 a.m. Sunday, SFPD says a woman finished getting drinks with friends at a downtown Santa Fe bar. She left just before 3 a.m. and walked to a parking garage on San Francisco.

"She said that she could feel someone was watching her," Westervelt said.

The woman got inside her car in the parking garage about 2 and half blocks away.

"This man came and knocked on her window," Westervelt said.

Police say Catron asked the woman to drive him to his car, and she did.

Catron asked for more help and things got personal. The woman told police Catron asked for a hug.

"At that point he reached out and started to strangle her," Westervelt said.

The woman escaped and police arrested Catron for kidnapping, battery and assault with intent to commit a violent felony.

KOB went to an address in Eldorado where Catron is said to live with his parents, but no one was home.

A judge is holding Catron under a $100,000 bond in the hopes that will keep him in jail and it has so far.

Several women have come forward to report similar stalking by Catron, and that's how he seems to have started out.

SFPD says if you feel like you're being stalked you need to document a pattern of harassment and call police.


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