Tarmo Hannula: Reporter Todd Guild and I covered the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day march in downtown Santa Cruz this morning. I was glad to see more than 1,500 people participating in the march, waving signs, chanting and glad-handing bystanders.
Three men are in custody after they allegedly kidnapped a 14 year-old girl in Capitola Tuesday. The girl was reportedly kidnapped from the 41st Avenue Capitola Mall, drugged with PCP, stuffed into a car by three men and driven to the EZ8 Motel 40 miles away in San Jose, news sources said. Held against her will, she was reportedly raped before she managed to send a message to her finds on the social media Snapchat, saying: “Somebody help me. I’m in a random man’s car. Where are we. This is not Santa Cruz.”
Once contacted, police were able to precisely pinpoint the victim’s location because of Snapchat.
Police moved in and arrested Albert Thomas Vasquez, Antonio Quirino Salvador and Hediberto Gonzalez Avarenga on suspicion of kidnapping to commit rape, false imprisonment and rape by intoxication or a controlled substance. They were booked into Santa Clara County Jail. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Detective Anthony Barajas of the San Jose Police Department at (408) 277-4102. Anonymous tips can be left on the Crime Stoppers tip line at (408) 947-7867.
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