A taxi driver who was kidnaped, robbed and beaten by four people arrived at a Santa Monica emergency room to find two of his alleged attackers, one of whom was being treated.
"When I saw them I was very happy, because now the police could catch them," said Eshetu Bahiru, a 39-year-old Ethiopian emigre. "They almost killed me."
Bahiru spotted the men early Wednesday when a Santa Monica police officer escorted him to the Santa Monica Hospital Medical Center, where one of the suspects was receiving treatment for a gunshot wound to the ankle.
Police said Bahiru had just broken out of the trunk of his cab, where his assailants had left him, several blocks away. The escape ended a three-hour ordeal that began about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday in downtown Los Angeles, said Malibu Sheriff's Sgt. James Kagy.