Kidnapping, Robbery, Gang Enhancement

Release Date/Time: 5/6/2013 9:08 AM

Incident: Kidnapping, Robbery, Gang Enhancement

Report #: 13-05234

Date: Monday, 5/6/2013

Time: 1:44 AM

Location: 1600 block of Georgetown Way

Officers responded to a report of suspicious circumstances in the area of the 1600 block of Georgetown Way. It was reported by an anonymous person that a male individual was observed handcuffed in the garage of a residence and he appeared to be in distress. Officers arrived to investigate and heard a commotion inside the residence indicated. A female adult who came to the door stated there was a party taking place and that was the reason for the commotion. Officers conducted a welfare check. As they were checking the upstairs area, the victim (21) came towards officers and told them he had been kidnapped and assaulted  by several individuals who were still in the residence. Officers located and detained Michelle Hernandez (32), Juan Vargas (29) and Jason Jasso (32).

The investigation revealed Hernandez had called for a cab and the victim, taxi driver, arrived at the residence but Hernandez told the victim she was not ready. The victim was invited  to come inside to wait. Once inside, the victim was led into the garage by Hernandez where Vargas and Jasso proceeded to restrain the victim by handcuffing him. All three suspect then proceeded to assault the victim with a baseball bat with the victim possibly losing consciousness in the process.

The suspects then removed victim's belongings at gunpoint, including his ATM and credit cards, which they attempted to use several times at different locations while the victim was held at the residence. The suspects also ransacked the victim's taxi cab and stole property from it.

The victim exhibited obvious signs of injury which included  a broken arm, bruised ribs and a possible concussion. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment of his serious injuries.

The suspects, who where uncooperative, are known gang members. All three were transported to county jail where they were booked on charges of kidnapping, robbery and gang enhancements.

The investigation is continuing. The Salinas Police Department is asking anyone with information related to this incident to call 758-7321  or to remain anonymous  775-4222

Release Authorized by: Officer Miguel Cabrera

Telephone: (831) 758-7348