Police: Suspects, victim in fatal crash, kidnapping knew each other

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Dramatic cell phone video shows a man being pulled out of a car on fire in Emeryville on Sunday. 

He survived, but his passenger died on scene. 

The two of them were part of a police chase after officers received reports of a kidnapping in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco.

Police say a woman was assaulted and then tossed into the trunk of a white Dodge Charger near O’Farrell and Turk Streets just after 3 p.m. 

“We are lucky that the victim was able to escape and get herself out of that vehicle and we believe she was able to use an emergency latch that was inside that vehicle,” said Robert Rueca with the San Francisco Police Department.

The victim escaped and walked away on Van Ness Avenue with just minor injuries. 

The suspects weren’t so lucky.

They were followed over the Bay Bridge, later crashing at MacArthur and Peralta Street — one dead on scene of the fiery crash and the other now in the hospital with life-threatening injuries. 

“We don’t believe this was a random act. We believe the parties are known to each other. We are not confirming the relationship between the two suspects nor how the two suspects may know the victim at this time,” said Rueca. 

Police say multiple witnesses came forward with information both in San Francisco and Emeryville. 

They say they’re still speaking to witnesses to try to figure out the details on this crime. 

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