Two Sunnyside men suspected of kidnapping a Kennewick man at a Pasco home and trying to extort money from him were arrested Thursday.
Pasco police detectives were following up on the case Thursday afternoon and arrested Alejandro Valle-Vasquez and David Gomez, both 24, after spotting them in the vehicle the victim described, said Capt. Jim Raymond.
The 37-year-old victim told police he was held against his will overnight Tuesday in Sunnyside after being kidnapped outside a home in the 1300 block of West Hopkins Street.
In the car, officers found two assault rifles and evidence related to the kidnapping after arresting Valle-Vasquez and Gomez, Raymond said.
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The men made preliminary appearances in Franklin County Superior Court on Friday afternoon, and Judge Robert Swisher set bail at $1 million each. Prosecutor Shawn Sant asked for the high bail because of the seriousness of the allegations and the fact that guns are involved.
"This is an ongoing investigation," Sant said. "... It looks like additional charges are forthcoming."
Sant also said Valle-Vasquez is known to use the alias Alejandro Jimenez-Delgado, with a birth date that makes him 25.
"We're still trying to ascertain the true identity," Sant said.
Prosecutors found Valle-Vasquez has some criminal history, including providing false information to police, obstructing and warrants for failing to appear in court.
Gomez's criminal history also includes obstructing, resisting arrest, assault and possessing a gun, he said.
Matt Rutt was appointed to represent Gomez.
Shelley Ajax was appointed to represent Valle-Vasquez.
According to court documents, the men forced the victim into the trunk of a gray-silver Chrysler 300 with chrome wheels after he attempted to drop off a vehicle at a Pasco home.
The victim said he was dropping the car off for an acquaintance that he only knew as "Mauricio," who is a mechanic, documents said.
The victim said the driver was known as "Fierro," who police later identified as Valle-Vasquez. The passenger, known as "Colima," later was identified as Gomez.
Valle-Vasquez and Gomez allegedly drove the victim to a dairy farm in Sunnyside and threatened to kill him if he didn't pay them or give them the title to the car he dropped off.
The victim said his wrists were bound with gray duct tape, then tied with yellow rope over the tape, documents said.
He told police that the suspects took him to two different properties where they said they were going to kill him, but the property owners said they did not want the murder to happen on their property, documents said.
The victim said he was eventually able to persuade the suspects to let him go with a promise to pay and they released him back in Pasco the next day, documents said.
He told police he feared for his life and thought he was going to die.
Detectives were with the victim in the 1300 block of Hopkins Street on Thursday so he could show them where he was kidnapped, and that's when the Chrysler 300 was spotted, documents said.
Detectives followed the car to 12th Avenue and Irving Street while waiting for backup units to arrive and the suspects were arrested.
After searching the car, the assault rifles described by the victim were found inside, along with yellow rope and duct tape, documents said.
Investigators also found a notebook with the victim's name written in it. Below his name was "Kennewick" and "muerto," which means death in Spanish, documents said.