Napa teen runaway escapes after kidnapping, sexual assault

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A man is accused of kidnapping, sexually assaulting, injecting methamphetamine and holding a Napa teen girl hostage for 27 hours before she was able to escape by jumping out of a moving truck. (KGO-TV)

A man is accused of kidnapping, assaulting and holding a Napa teen girl hostage for 27 hours before she was able to escape.

The 13-year-old girl made a bold move when she jumped from a moving car near Bodega Bay. The man drove 40 miles before she was able to get away.

Deputies said the suspect lured the girl into his truck at a Shell gas station at 3 a.m. Friday, refusing to let her go.

The Sonoma County Sheriff's Department said the teen ran away from her Napa home after a fight with her parents and met Timothy Lee Marble, 50, who convinced her to get into his truck.

"He spent the next 26 to 27 hours with her," Sonoma County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Crum said.

Crum said Marble drove for hours, sexually assaulting the girl and forcing her to take drugs.

"He injected her with methamphetamine," he said. "During this long ordeal, he pulled out a knife and started cutting her legs superficially, and then with a razor blade, I understand he started carving his name into her arm."

The girl escaped her kidnapper on Highway 1 in Bodega Bay by jumping from the moving pickup truck and hiding in some bushes while Marble did something very unusual.

"He called the cops," Crum said.

And when deputies showed up, the victim "came up stumbling up to us and told us she'd been victim of sexual assault by this man," Crum said.

Neighbors said Marble was often seen coming and going from a Napa mobile home park where his relatives live.

"I see them drive by, that's about it. That's all they really do," neighbor Lisa Giaccio said. "You think you know somebody, but it's all surprising."

Police say Marble has a long rap sheet across California from drug offenses to domestic violence charges, but no sex crimes.

The teen is back home recovering from her trauma.

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