Three arrested in kidnapping
TRUCKEE – Officers arrested three men over the weekend for their suspected involvement in, among other things, burglary, kidnapping and forcing a victim to walk barefoot more than a mile in the snow.
The victim was at a friend’s house in Truckee Friday night when the suspects showed up at the home, said Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal.
At the home, the suspects allegedly stole property, forced the victim into their car and drove him to a remote area near Prosser Reservoir, east of Truckee, Royal said.
Near the reservoir they removed his shoes, forced him out of the vehicle, hit him several times, threatened to kill him and made him walk barefoot for a mile in snow and rocks, Royal said.
Officers believe that one of the suspects became uncomfortable with the situation and they left the victim in Tahoe Donner, a large subdivision in Truckee. The victim was treated and released from Tahoe Forest Hospital with facial injuries.
Investigators believe the man owed the suspects money and drugs may have been involved.
A day after the incident, officers arrested Truckee residents Vernon Chambers, 20, and Allan Laird, 18, on suspicion of kidnapping, robbery, making criminal threats and burglarizing the man. Officers also confiscated a substance they believe to be cocaine from Chambers and Laird’s Davos Drive home.
Both men were booked in the Wayne Brown Correctional Facility in Nevada City and released on $50,000 bail.
On Sunday, Anthony Manning, 19 of Truckee, was arrested on suspicion of the same charges as Chambers and Laird. He remains in Wayne Brown Correctional Facility on $50,000 bail.
Officers are still looking for a fourth suspect, a Truckee juvenile, whose name is not being released.
Nevada County Sheriff’s investigators are still looking into the incident along with the Truckee Police Department.