Four Suspects Arrested for Kidnapping and Assault
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Update by Santa Barbara Police Department
Quick Police Work Nets Four Suspects
On 12/12/18, at approximately 11 A.M., a vehicle burglary was interrupted by the victim as he returned to his parked vehicle at the Hendry’s Beach parking lot. The victim noticed suspicious behavior by the involved suspects, who were associated with a late-model Audi Q5. The victim glanced at the back of his camper shell and noticed the lock had been punctured by the suspects. The victim approached the SUV and observed the rear passenger door ajar. Upon confronting the rear occupant, a fight ensued. During the altercation, the rear occupant grabbed the victim and pulled him into the moving vehicle. The door closed and the Audi driver fled on Cliff Drive toward Las Positas Road with the victim held by the rear passengers against his will. While the fight inside the vehicle continued, the victim managed to open the door when the vehicle momentarily slowed. The victim rolled out onto the street as the suspect vehicle continued towards 101 South.
The victim called 911 and was able to provide a detailed description of the vehicle. At approximately 11:12 A.M. near 700 West Carrillo Street, Santa Barbara Police officers caught up with a vehicle matching the description. The Audi driver attempted to evade officers but eventually yielded to a traffic stop on the 101 South onramp at Carrillo Street.
The four suspects were taken into custody without further incident. They await charges including kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon, and attempted burglary to the victim’s vehicle. Three of the four suspects were identified via fingerprint analysis as Yusset Aloma Gonzalez Astorga (31 years), Jean Nahuelan Valladares (31 years), and Manuel Leiva Parra (23 years). The fourth subject identified herself as Yessenia Cortez (35 years) and is still awaiting a fingerprint return.
The investigation is ongoing and additional victims are being contacted.
Code 207: Kidnapping and assault at Hendry's Beach in the 2900 Block of Cliff Drive. The victim jumped out of the car said he was kidnapped.