An investigation is under way into the alleged kidnapping of a couple from Newport Beach, California who were left tied up in the Mojave Desert, one of them beaten, burned, doused with bleach and with his penis partially severed.
The kidnapping occurred on 1 October, when a neighbor spotted three presumed roofers unload a ladder from a truck and lean it against the home where the two victims live in Balboa Peninsula.
The relationship between the two victims is unclear, although there is speculation that they may be mother and son.
The two were tied up and driven to the desert, north of Los Angeles. The victims have told the police that the suspects spoke and cursed in Spanish during the drive, although they were also known to be fluent in English.
After the couple were left in the desert, the woman managed to escape and walked three-quarters of a mile before a Kern County Sheriff’s Department deputy found her on Oct. 2.
Kern County deputies found the other victim in a secluded area off of Highway 14.
The case could be tied to medical marijuana, as the male victim works at a Santa Ana dispensary, and one of the suspects was previously arrested in Fresno for marijuana cultivation.
Police have said they believe the incident was a targeted attack motivated by money.
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