MARYSVILLE (AP) — Three Northern California teens who attempted to kidnap another teen planned to sexually assault him as part of a plan to break up his relationship with a girl, authorities said.
The three suspects — Frank Oddo, 16, and Jacob Cadena and Jessy Murray, both 17 — pleaded not guilty on Monday to felony charges of kidnapping, kidnapping to commit extortion and kidnapping with the intent of sexual assault. They have been charged as adults.
The defendants set up a fake Facebook page then lured the victim on Saturday under the pretext of a marijuana transaction to a site in Marysville, where they forced him into an SUV using an Airsoft pistol, according to sheriff’s officials.
The victim’s aunt showed up and spotted the suspects in bandanas kidnapping her nephew, Undersheriff Jerry Read told the Appeal-Democrat.
She followed the SUV and alerted authorities, who stopped the vehicle and arrested the teens who authorities said were found with rope and a machete.
The attack was motivated by the victim’s relationship with a girl, authorities said.
One of the three suspects was going to pose as the victim during a phone call, break up with the girl and then call as himself to console her and try to date her, Read said.