Suspects identified in Patterson kidnap for ransom case
06/18/2013 7:25 AM
06/18/2013 1:35 PM
Investigators with the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department have identified three suspects in the weekend kidnapping for ransom in Patterson.
The victim was kidnapped from his home in rural Stanislaus County on Saturday, authorities said. The suspects drove him to a home in Patterson, where they assaulted him for nine hours because they believed he had stolen from them.
According to investigators, the suspects called the victim's family, demanding $800 to pay them back before they would let him go.
Deputies tracked the case to a home in the 600 block of Spooner Court. When the victim was allowed to leave the house, deputies took him into protective custody. As deputies surrounded the house, several suspects left.
Deputies arrested Jonathan Figueroa, 22, of Modesto on charges of kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon, robbery, conspiracy by a person involved in gang activity and criminal gang activity. Figueroa is being held on $100,000 bail at the Stanislaus County Jail.
Detectives have identified three other suspects, authorities said Tuesday, calling them gang members and cautioning that they are considered armed and dangerous. Investigators are looking for Victor "Cuate" Sandoval, 21, of Patterson, Arturo "Rascal" Martinez, 20, of Modesto and Adan "Burner" Esquivel, 22, of Patterson. They are wanted on charges of kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon, armed robbery, conspiracy by a person involved in gang activity and criminal gang activity.
Martinez, the department said in a news release, is easily identifiable from a previous gang-related shooting in which he lost his right eye. Martinez was shot in December near Alex & Sons Market in Modesto.
Investigators ask anyone with information about the case or the suspects' whereabouts to call Detective Frank Soria at (209) 525-7080.
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