Facebook kidnapping foiled

MARYSVILLE, California (KCRA) – Three California teenagers will be charged as adults for allegedly planning and attempting to carry out an elaborate kidnapping and murder plot.

Deputies say the plan started with Facebook. The teens created a fake profile, befriended the 17-year-old victim and set up a marijuana deal in a remote area of Marysville.

“They had instigated a plan to kidnap the 17-year-old, to take him to another rural isolated area, to sodomize him, to cut him, to cut his Achilles tendons and ultimately, kill him,” Yuba County District Attorney Patrick McGrath said.

The suspects covered their faces with bandannas and sunglasses, and had with them weapons including machetes and airsoft pistols that resemble real guns.

Deputies said as the male victim waited for the suspects, he called his aunt, who lives nearby. She arrived just as he was being thrown in the suspects’ Chevy Blazer. She called deputies, who were able to track down the vehicle.

“People think boys will be boys, but this is the furthest thing from the truth … (for them) to plan something as sophisticated as this, as heinous as this, and apparently not have any compunction about what they’re doing and going forward with it,” McGrath said.

During the course of interviewing the suspects, deputies learned that one of the suspects was upset that the victim was in a relationship with a girl he was interested in. Part of the plan was to steal the victim’s cellphone, impersonate him, break up with the girl, and then swoop in to console her before trying to date her.

McGrath said the investigation is ongoing, but for now, the three suspects face felony charges of kidnapping, kidnapping related to extortion and kidnapping related to sodomy. The two latter charges carry a life sentence.


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