Mexicali police officers who were patrolling the southern part of the city were able to stop a kidnapping attempt, according to the authorities.

The incident took place at 3:10 a.m. Thursday in the Colonia Rivera Campestre area.

The suspect was identified as Gabriel Alberto, 26.

According to the authorities the suspect knocked at the 50-year-old male victim’s home.

The victim opened the door and the suspect allegedly brandished a firearm to force the resident to get on board his own gray 2010 Dodge Charger.

A patrol car was driving by the area when the attempted kidnapping was ongoing, the police said.

The suspect then tried to flee but was stopped and arrested in a gas station located in Santiago Vidaurri Avenue and San Felipe Highway.

The police found inside the vehicle a chromed UZI machine gun loaded with a magazine.

The suspect was apprehended and transported to the East Substation.

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