A no-bail fugitive warrant has been issued for Lafayette resident Kenneth McIsaac – central figure in a disturbing kidnapping/hostage case that rocked the city after a local family was bound with duct tape and held at gunpoint for hours in their apartment last year.
It was McIsaac, the family and other residents of the Lafayette Highlands Apartments maintain, who spied on, stalked and tied up a woman, her husband and their children in the complex they shared as neighbors the evening of Sept. 24.
The family was eventually able to work free, the husband overpowering McIsaac and summoning help from neighbors – who in turn called police. McIsaac, 32, was subsequently arrested and charged with 12 felony counts in connection with the crime – charges that included kidnapping, false imprisonment by violence, robbery, burglary and child abuse, spending a year behind bars while awaiting trial.
But McIsaac’s custody status changed last month when, over prosecutors and victim objections, Superior Court Judge Julia Campins ruled him fit for a mental health diversion program – making him eligible for residency at an undisclosed East Bay hotel while submitting to periodic drug tests and other restrictions.
Although McIsaac’s whereabouts were meant to remain secret, sources familiar with his story said news that he’d been released from jail quickly spread, with local people expressing their displeasure with his change in status and evidently pinpointing his location – some of them reportedly leaving notes on a car he was known to be using.
The notes were reportedly of the “We know who you are and we’re watching you,” variety, sources said.
It is not known what, if any, impact those contacts may have had on McIsaac, who his neighbors said routinely spied on neighbor women in the Highlands, drank heavily and was allegedly seen behaving lewdly towards others at the complex before he approached a woman and her daughter and forced them into their apartment on Sept. 24 – setting the crime for which he is charged in motion.
McIsaac’s whereabouts remain unknown, but a warrant for his re-arrest has been issued.