Kidnapping suspects may have ties to human trafficking
In a Henderson courtroom, two men charged with the kidnapping of 17-year old Melissa Duran went before a judge. Alejandro Sanchez Sanchez, 25, and Cesar Sanchez, 30, were read a long list of charges.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Henderson, NV (KTNV) -- In a Henderson courtroom, two men charged with the kidnapping of 17-year old Melissa Duran went before a judge. Alejandro Sanchez Sanchez, 25, and Cesar Sanchez, 30, were read a long list of charges.
"You are being charged with kidnapping, extortion, child abuse and endangerment," said the judge.
Last Friday, Henderson police said the two men knocked on the door at the Duran family home and abducted the teen. But a declaration of arrest report, obtained by Action News, suggests the men weren't strangers to the family.
Duran's father said he knew one of them as Pedro, an employee that works for his landscaping business.
"We do not feel this is a random act," Chief Patrick Moers, Henderson Police Department, said. "We believe there is a connection with the suspects to the family."
Documents show the men called Duran's parents at least 12 times asking for $100,000 ransom and "if the money wasn't delivered Duran would be killed." On Sunday, the teen recalled those terrifying moments.
"If you're dad tries to do anything funny or call the cops then we're going to kill you or we're going to kill your family," Duran said.
Documents show police used cell phone records to track down the two men at an apartment complex on Saturday. It's there, documents show, Alejandro Sanchez told police "he was offered $5,000 US dollars" to kidnap Duran.
Police said Duran was found at the complex inside a bathroom blindfolded "bound and possibly gagged."
"My biggest fear was that I didn't know how long I was going to be there," Duran said. "I didn't know if I was going to be there for four days, five days, two weeks. I didn't know."
Also inside the apartment, police say they found both suspects had numerous ID cards and bills "believed to be payments for human trafficking."