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Sentencing for man in attempted kidnapping case

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CHULA VISTA (CNS) - Sentencing was postponed until Thursday for a man who tried to kidnap a woman from a 7-Eleven gas station in Chula Vista last summer.

Thomas Viera Paciornik, 26, pleaded guilty to felony attempted kidnapping and felony assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury, according to online jail records.

Chula Vista police said the defendant tried to abduct a woman from the 7-Eleven at Hilltop Drive and Orange Avenue last July 14.

Paciornik drove up next to the 29-year-old woman, told her she was pretty and then asked for a date, according to police. When she declined the offer, he got out of his vehicle, opened her car door, grabbed her by the arm and kissed her, police said, noting he then punctured a tire on her car and told her to get into his.

She refused and he drove off but quickly returned to block her inside her car after she pulled into a parking stall before ultimately driving away, police said.

Officers arrested Paciornik the next day at the Viejas Casino in connection with an related disturbance and later linked him to the gas station incident through surveillance video. Police said Paciornik was under the influence of a controlled substance at the time of his arrest.

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