Phoenix Police Rescue Kidnapping Victim. Now the Hard Part: Recording it as a Kidnapping

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Phoenix police rescued a 21-year-old man yesterday who was run off the road while driving his car in Tucson, kidnapped at gunpoint, bound, driven to Phoenix, and held for ransom.

The Phoenix Police Department was alerted by a local media outlet that a woman called to report that her brother was taken and that his kidnappers were demanding ransom.

The woman also told police that her husband was en route to Phoenix to pay the kidnappers and get the man back. Luckily, police managed to intercept the husband before the ransom was paid.

The PPD's Home Invasion Kidnapping Enforcement squad devised a plan to rescue the man as the kidnappers continued to demand ransom from the family and threaten to kill the victim.

The suspects were met at a restaurant near 23rd Avenue and Thomas Road armed with semi-automatic pistols.

The HIKE squad was able to safely rescue the victim, who was still bound with duct tape around his hands and had duct tape covering his eyes.

The two suspects, 20-year-old Luis Alberto Cervantes and 20-year-old Gabriel Luz-Hernandez, were taken into custody without incident, despite being armed with the semi-automatic pistols.

Phoenix police say both suspects admitted involvement in the kidnapping.

In addition to spilling his guts about the kidnapping, Luz-Hernandez copped to an unsolved armed robbery in Phoenix.

The victim sustained minor injury during the kidnapping.

Both Cervantes and Luz-Hernandez have been charged with kidnapping, extortion, weapons violations, and armed robbery.

What comes next has proven to be a bit of a doozy for Phoenix cops: accurately recording the aforementioned crime as a kidnapping.

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Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

I see NewTimes has fulfilled their role as servant of the powers that be nicely.  A near perfect artticle that contains all the appropriate cheerleader yells.    And what's with the "guest plant"?   Not too obvious, are we boys?     Sounds like it was written from some office in Alexandria, Virginia.    A little anti-cop but only to the extent that they took so long and the atf thing...what's up with that?    I seemed to have missed the part where he said what kind of business it was.    And talking to the street people?   Mucho props to your street peeps homey.    How's the weather back east today guys? 


Kudos to Noe Gonzalez of Telemundo for acting swiftly and keeping his cool.  He got the call from the victim's sister and Noe alerted the authorities.   That's grace under pressure.


I think you are confused Mr. Concrete. The Phoenix PD took care of the kidnapping case whilst our guest123 tells how the MCSO handled his. Go to the Az Republic story if you wish to read how they handled things.


But why the confusion that it was a kidnapping...bin my experience the msco doesn't take all kidnappings seriously. I was kidnapped outside my business home about four years ago... taken to south phoenix where they took my keys away and used them to go and rob my business... I ran to the nearest business, a car dealer on van buren and the police were called... I emphatically urged them that we needed to go to my business because a breakin and robbery were taking place at my place of business... they hemmed and hawed that they needed to take down all my superfoulous info before checking it out... leaving the criminals enough time to rob my business... by the time they were done and they took me to my business... the alarm was on with no response from the alarm company, the door wide open and items stolen... if they would have gone straight to my business they would have caught the thiefs but they wasted 20 minutes interogating me which let them escape. I never saw anything in the news about it because it happened in a bad part of town and never heard back from the police. Though I heard on the street that the same guys robbed an old lady by socking her in the face and stealing her purse as well as ripping off local drug dealers... street people told me these two criminals if not caught by the police would be put six feet under by local drug dealers due to their. Actions. Funny if this happened in scottsdale it would be in all the papers but since it happened at 15th ave and grand none of the news heard about it. After that I was harrassed twice by the atf with both cases thown out of court in the interest of justice. After going to court I was appalled at the outright lies in the atf agents reports.. f*cking out right lies and incorrect quotations which my evidence proved as well as pointing out my actions were not illegal and were according to law. It seemed the atf had no idea of phx laws and made up whatever they could to screw me. I felt as if I lived in a police state. Whenever I say I wasn't aware something was a law the cops tell me ignorance of the law is no excuse....but when it comes to cops or politicians this always seems to come off as a good excuse that gets them off... why do the laws that citizens are held accountable for not the same for cops or atf agents and when they purgure themselved why are they not prosecuted... oh yeah because they are part of the police club.


 I seem to remember your story. 

Cops routinely embellish and outright make up stuff in their police reports.  They write their reports to win cases in court, not to accurately put down what they saw and heard.

This is why cops hate being video taped or recorded and in some states are harassing and arresting people who video tape them.


 If you are wondering why you were left to twist in the wind with no follow up and no further investigation etc., you might want to check out today's Arizona Republic article that tells how the MCSO has not followed up on hundreds and hundreds of cases. Yours is probably one of them.

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