An investigation is under way into the alleged kidnapping of a couple from Newport Beach, California who were left tied up in the Mojave Desert, and the man’s penis almost gone. Check out the bizarre details here…
DailyMail — An investigation is under way into the alleged kidnapping of a couple from Newport Beach, California who were left tied up in the Mojave Desert, one of them beaten, burned, doused with bleach and with his penis partially severed. The two victims survived the ordeal earlier this month and a suspect has been arrested, although police continue to seek two others.
The kidnapping occurred on 1 October, when a neighbor spotted three presumed roofers unload a ladder from a truck and lean it against the home where the two victims live in Balboa Peninsula. The suspects extended the ladder to the home’s balcony and then kidnapped a 29-year-old man and 53-year-old woman from separate rooms. The relationship between the two victims is unclear, although there is speculation that they may be mother and son.
The two were tied up and driven to the desert, north of Los Angeles. The victims have told the police that the suspects spoke and cursed in Spanish during the drive, although they were also known to be fluent in English.
After the couple were left in the desert, the woman managed to escape and walked three-quarters of a mile before a Kern County Sheriff’s Department deputy found her on Oct. 2. Kern County deputies found the other victim in a secluded area off of Highway 14.
The case could be tied to medical marijuana, as the male victim works at a Santa Ana dispensary, and one of the suspects was previously arrested in Fresno for marijuana cultivation.
Police have said they believe the incident was a targeted attack motivated by money. Newport Beach Police Lt. Jon Lewis told ABC7:
‘During the kidnapping, … the male victim was brutally beaten in an attempt to extort money.’
Police arrested 33-year-old Kyle Shirakawa Handley of Fountain Valley on Oct. 6 in connection with the crime, and two additional suspects remain at large. Handley has pleaded not guilty to charges of felony aggravated mayhem, felony torture, felony burglary, two felony counts of kidnapping for ransom and a sentencing enhancement for inflicting great bodily harm. He is in Orange County Jail being held without bail.
Neighbors say the victims of the crime kept to themselves, but there was a lot of activity, sometimes late into the night at their home.