PICO RIVERA, Calif. (AP) – Authorities say they have arrested three men and are seeking a fourth who kidnapped a Los Angeles County couple and tortured the man for days.
Sheriff’s Capt. Mike Parker said Tuesday that the couple from Pico Rivera was kidnapped May 13.
Parker says the man was held for five days in a garage while the woman was released with orders to bring back $6,000 to free him. He says the man was subjected to constant death threats, had his fingers smashed with a handgun, his ear cut and an obscene word burned into his stomach with a knife.
The man escaped when he was taken out of the garage and his kidnappers tried to put him into a vehicle.
Authorities subsequently arrested three reputed members of the “Rivera 13” gang.
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