Woman, 44, kidnapped, kept inside squalid garage for 2 days without food or water after co-worker overheard her talk about her savings.


My dad always told me to keep my personal business to myself and never share my financial situation with acquaintances, now I understand what he meant. Two couples in California kidnapped, gagged and bound a 44-year-old woman inside a squalid garage, demanding that her husband pay up a six-figure ransom he couldn’t possibly afford after they overheard she might have money.

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Detectives in Rowland Heights, Los Angeles County, say that the woman was denied food and water for two days and was made to relieve herself in a bucket.

‘The victim was located in very squalid conditions in a cluttered garage, on the floor,’ said Captain Merrill Ladenheim, of the LA County Sheriff’s Office, according to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.

‘She was duct taped. Her hands were bound.’

Investigators say the plot was hatched after one of the victim’s co-workers, Judith Maldonado, overheard that the woman had saved up some money with her husband of 20 years. Then on Monday, when the victim missed her bus, Maldonado and boyfriend Francisco Inacua-Rosas offered her a ride home. The couple told the victim they had to stop by a restaurant to pick up some food. While on the way there, Inacua-Rosas text-messaged his sister and her boyfriend, Rocio Inacua and Uziel Figueroa, and told them to meet up at the restaurant.

‘Both Rocio Inacuna and Uziel Figueroa then, at gunpoint, forced the victim down the floorboard, bound, gagged and blindfolded her, and drove her to that garage in Rowland Heights,’ Nishida said. Inacua called the victim’s husband and demanded $110,000, a sum far larger than the victim had. The husband called the police, who tracked down the kidnappers in two days.

The four – Maldonado, 40, Inacua-Rosas, 34, Inacua, 32, and Figueroa, 32 – are being held on $2 million bail each.

I hate stories like this because I argue with friends that people are inherently good. I don’t understand a culture where someone can take something that isn’t theirs and am more confused when people can harm another person for their possessions. Glad there were good detectives on the case or this situation could have turned out worse.

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