CRIME, POLICE + COURTS

Police: 3 kidnapped teen boy and held him for ransom

Aug 16, 2018, 11:47 AM | Updated: 11:48 am
Police say three people kidnapped the teen for ransom...
File photo (Jacob Wiegand, Deseret News)
(Jacob Wiegand, Deseret News)

WEST VALLEY CITY — A teen boy is home safe after police say three people from Arizona kidnapped him and demanded ransom from his parents.

West Valley City Police are being somewhat tight-lipped about the case, as it is part of a larger investigation by Utah County Major Crimes and the F.B.I. They do believe the kidnapping to be drug-related and not random.

According to West Valley Police Spokesperson Roxeanne Vainuku, Juan Carlos Moreno Trinidad, 41, Issa Al-Sadoon, 26, and Nadia Avalos, 31, all from Phoenix, are accused of kidnapping the teen at gunpoint.

“The kidnappers, after they had taken the 17-year-old boy, called his family and demanded ransom money,” says Vainuku.

Using security footage, multiple law enforcement agencies were able to track the suspect to a South Salt Lake motel. Police and the F.B.I. surrounded the motel, and were eventually able to take all three suspects into custody and recover the teen hostage.

Vainuku says, “He was unharmed, he was recovered safely.”

Police believe the boy was held for around eight hours. Multiple weapons and drugs were found inside the motel room.

Charges against the three suspects are still pending.

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