Ripoff Crew Dressed Like SWAT Team Steals $60K From Kidnapped Would-Be Pot Sellers; One Victim Leaps from Trunk on Way to Desert

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Edward Alvarez, one of five people arrested in a violent robbery on March 24.
A group of men dressed up like a SWAT team and armed with assault rifles robbed and kidnapped three people connected to a pot-selling scheme last month in Litchfield Park.

One of the terrified victims jumped from the trunk of a Jaguar going 60 mph while being taken to a desert location.

The victim survived and was hospitalized with severe cuts, bruising, and road rash.

Five of the estimated seven or eight suspects were arrested over the next several days, including one busted Monday at his home in El Mirage. They include: David Anthony Ybarra, Edward Alvarez, Victor Vasquez-Duarte, Johnny Ray Fernandez, and Frank Ybarra.

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Victor Vasquez-Duarte, one of five men arrested in the last two weeks on suspicion of dressing like police officers to steal from would-be pot sellers.
The injured victim (New Times is withholding his name) ran up to a person on March 24 after jumping from the trunk and "begged" him to call 911, saying he'd been a victim of a carjacking, court records state.

Hiding the man in his vehicle, the witness fled the area near Litchfield and Camelback roads and called the authorities.

Maricopa County Sheriff's Office deputies interviewed the victim and figured out his carjacking story didn't make sense. The victim then began talking about a drug deal gone bad.

He said he'd gone to a house in Litchfield Park with two other people in an attempt to broker the sale of 180 pounds of marijuana for $60,000 to $95,000.

The three victims were led inside the house and immediately ambushed by the attackers, who were dressed in black clothing complete with police insignia, records state.

Armed with handguns and assault rifles, the robbers began screaming, "Police!" and ordered the victims to the floor, where they were beaten, shocked with stun guns, and pistol-whipped.

The victims were zip-tied, threatened with death and relieved of their $60,000.

One of the victims was placed in the trunk of his mother's 2003 Jaguar, while another rode in the passenger compartment.

As they were driving to an unspecified desert area, the aforementioned victim was able to unlatch the trunk and jump out. (Since 2001, all new vehicles with trunks are supposed to have an internal trunk-release handle, mainly to protect the lives of kids who might be trapped inside -- but the latches work well for kidnapping victims, too.)

The injured victim told deputies where to find one of his friends, and deputies interviewed the friend -- whose face sported cuts and bruises -- and got him to cooperate in finding the suspects.

Deputies and the FBI were helped in the case by video from a nearby restaurant, which showed the suspects eating pizza together following the robbery, records state.

Alvarez was arrested at his home in Litchfield Park, where the robbery had taken place. Authorities found the trunk victim's ID and family pictures in Alvarez's home, along with gloves, masks, "police quality body armor," an AR-15 rifle, an FN Herstall 5.7mm pistol, cell phones, and a "large quantity of cash."

Vasquez-Duarte was arrested on March 29 at his home, where cops found $5,000 in cash, a pistol, and a police badge.

Ybarra, with some meth in his pocket, was arrested yesterday at his home at 14014 North Alto Street in El Mirage. After being read his Miranda rights, Ybarra confessed that he'd been involved but only as a lookout.

Possible charges listed for the suspects include kidnapping, armed robbery, impersonating peace officers, aggravated assault, misconduct involving weapons and possession of dangerous drugs.

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sedonasherpa
sedonasherpa

What do you think your odds are - Duct taped, in a trunk of  car...in the desert and Neanderthal Eddy Alvarez decides if you get to live or die?

AvondaleBritt
AvondaleBritt

I know him, lmao. Karma asshole, lived with me, left me for that friggin arab. Hysterical.

BabeuHadHim
BabeuHadHim

On Sept 4, 2011, Victor Vasquez-Duarte was cited and released for driving with a false license by the Pima Co. Sheriff's dept.

tampfamp
tampfamp

lol, what a bunch of LOSERS! Off with their heads!

www.MoAnon.tk

MandyMountain
MandyMountain

So, are they charging the victims as well? DAs will sink that low, and that's one reason few call the cops in such situations. This helps to perpetuate a class of criminals who prey preferentially on dealers. Something similar happened to a friend of mine back in the old days.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

If I were faced with a situation like this, I'd call 911. Inquire whether these is a police action at my address. If they say no, then summon the cops, with lights and sirens. Then if the bogus cops make it inside, blast away. They probably wouldn't know what hit them. That is if I had a gun or guns. I don't.

royalphoenix
royalphoenix

Alvarez is a block head of the first order.

Troy Farah Faucet
Troy Farah Faucet

So, lemme get this straight... It's OK when the government breaks into your home and steals your marijuana plants, but when someone else does it, it's a no-no?

JustJosh42
JustJosh42

"One of the victims was placed in the trunk of his mother's 2003 Jaguar, while another road in the passenger compartment."

Rode...not ROAD...get a new editor or stop allowing the uneducated to write stories for you.

lainer
lainer

Two words: DEATH PENALTY!

sarum
sarum

Yo Momma has a Jag?  and how did they get "police quality body armor?"  Are we just like Mexico yet?

RayStern3000
RayStern3000

@JustJosh42 Why do I need a new editor when I have you? Road=rode - fixed. Thanks!

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@sarum if the NRA gets its way..soon we will be just as bad as Mexico..creating arms races within communities, making it easier for criminals to get guns, yeah thats going to end well

JustJosh42
JustJosh42

@david_saint01 @JustJosh42 One does not need "journalism credentials" in order to be able to spell at a 5th grade level.  That said, unless you mean a degree in journalism, there are no "credentials" to be a writer.  Shit most just free lance and rely on their portfolio to get new work and rely on their editors to make sure they don't look ignorant.

Regardless, all of the above requires the ability to spell which in turn takes just a few more brain cells than trolling me for correcting the obvious error. 

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@raystern1 Maybe Josh wants you to right, er, I mean write, rode 100 times on the chalk bored, er, I mean board and an apology to, er, I mean two, no, I mean too....   

sarum
sarum

@david_saint01 media keeps saying most Americans want this, most Americans want that . . . most Americans just don't even believe them anymore.  Gun control is DOA.  

proudarmyvet
proudarmyvet

strict gun controls is right. i am here now and sure enough the general public cannot even have a knife in hteir possession. problem is that the criminals dont follow the rules as in any country , so only they have them.

marcy
marcy

@david_saint01 

Mexico has strict gun control laws.

How's that working out for them?


david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@JustJosh42 @david_saint01 lol im far more concerned about the lies certain news orgs perpetuate daily. one typo is insignificant by comparison (hows my spelling lol)

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