Long Beach, CA — The kidnapping stories that get the most press tend to be child abductions. Primarily because they are more likely to be immediately reported. Adults have more freedom in general and it isn’t entirely unusual to not have contact with them for a day or so. And of course there is often more worry attached to a child who has been removed from their guardian’s custody. However, people of all ages can be the victims of kidnapping.
On Wednesday the Long Beach Police Department announced that three men had been arrested and charged in connection with a kidnapping that was first reported on February 21. According to police, Patrick Adams, 20, Eric Riddle-Rios, 23, and Ryan Scott Urban, 21, held their unnamed victim hostage for several hours and tortured him. The incident was reported by employees at a bank where Adams allegedly brought the victim to withdraw money. Police arrived at the scene and arrested Adams before taking the victim to the hospital.
Riddle-Rios was arrested on February 23, when he was found inside the victim’s car in Dana Point. Officers were able to track Urban to his home in San Diego and arrest him there on February 27. The charges against Adams, Riddle-Rios, and Urban include kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon, torture, and robbery. The Long Beach PD is still investigating the crime and are urging anyone with information to call Detective Gonzalez at (562) 570-7464 or their anonymous tip line at (800) 222-TIPS.
In California, kidnapping is defined as taking a person and moving them a substantial distance without their consent through force or fear. Kidnapping charges can be enhanced if prosecutors believe that it was carried out to further some other criminal enterprise such as robbery.
When facing a serious criminal charge like kidnapping, burglary, or assault, the most important thing you can do is retain the services of an experienced OC criminal defense attorney. Although there have been examples of people who have successfully defended themselves, these are the exception rather than the rule. Most people who chose to represent themselves at trial find themselves convicted and imprisoned.
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Yee, Greg. “Long Beach police arrest 3 accused of kidnapping, torture.” http://www.presstelegram.com/general-news/20150304/long-beach-police-arrest-3-accused-of-kidnapping-torture. Long Beach Press Telegram