An officer from the Colusa Police Department arrested a Colusa woman at 10:51 PM on Dec. 29, at her residence on Tara Drive, on suspicion of parental kidnapping, making criminal threats, and soliciting specified criminal acts — all felonies — in addition to misdemeanor charges of incitement to riot and battery on a person.
According to Colusa Police Sgt. Eldon Tamez, an officer first responded to a call for a civil issue between the 29-year-old woman, identified as Elizabeth Louise Rudolph, and her father’s family. Tamez said the dispute was in regards to the ownership of a dog.
According to Tamez, the responding officer arrived on scene and conducted an investigation. Through the course of that investigation, the officer learned that Rudolph had attempted to kidnap her minor child, of whom she does not have legal custody.
“The suspect put (the child) in her car, and started drive down the long driveway onto the street. Family members were able to stop her,” Tamez said, adding that Rudolph had also punched a family member at some point, which led to the battery charge.
“While were going through this, the officer told her that he was going to go ahead and investigate further,” Tamez said.
Further investigation revealed that Rudolph made claims on social media regarding her father abusing her child, Tamez said, posting, “Anybody willing to help me get a kid away from child molester” (sic) to her Facebook page.
The post, and comments that followed, led Rudolph being charged with making criminal threats, soliciting specified criminal acts, and incitement to riot.
“Her father came to police and reported that. It’s pretty convoluted, but she wasn’t arrested until she got on social media and asked her social media friends to come help her get her son,” Tamez said. “Basically, she said that she needed a child abuser taken care of.”
Tamez said that a number of people responded to the post and indicated that they would be willing to help, but that nobody who responded was in trouble “because they didn’t follow up and contribute to a crime.”
Tamez said that the Colusa Police Department was still investigating Rudolph’s claims regarding alleged child abuse.
Rudolph was booked into Colusa County Jail. Bail was set at $140,000.