Teen Rescued After Four-Day Kidnapping in Southern California

Authorities successfully rescued a 17-year-old boy in Santa Maria, California, after he was kidnapped and held hostage for four days. The teen was abducted by three captors who threatened to harm him if his family did not pay a $500,000 ransom. The kidnapping occurred after the captors caused a car crash in San Bernardino County and took advantage of the situation. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles stated that the kidnappers contacted the teen’s mother from a Mexican phone number and demanded the ransom be delivered to Nogales, Mexico.

During the four-day ordeal, the kidnappers repeatedly called the mother and threatened to harm her son if the ransom was not paid. They also forced the teenager to read from a script in a video, blaming his father for an alleged incident in New York. The video was sent to the boy’s mother as further intimidation.

Law enforcement authorities tracked the victim and the suspects to a motel in Santa Maria using a Facebook Marketplace posting and doorbell camera footage. Upon entering the motel room, they found the boy lying on the floor in a corner. At least one firearm was recovered from the scene.

The three kidnappers, all in their 20s, have been charged federally with kidnapping and could face life imprisonment if convicted. They are scheduled to appear in court on Monday afternoon.

The family did not pay the ransom, and the boy was rescued without any harm. U.S. Attorney Martin Estrada emphasized the terror experienced by parents in such situations, stating, “Few things can be as terrorizing to a parent as having your child kidnapped and held for ransom under threat of physical harm.”


Author: CrimeDoor

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