Police arrest 2 in kidnapping

September 27, 2013 • Local News

The Roswell Police Department arrested the final two suspects wanted in connection with a kidnapping that occurred on July 5. The criminal complaints filed in Magistrate Court on Aug. 29 listed Luis Calderon, 18, and Isaac Garcia, 19, both of Carlsbad, as suspects. The men were charged with kidnapping and armed robbery. Police later learned that Garcia had been hiding in Artesia.

Calderon and Garcia turned themselves in to the Carlsbad Police Department on [auth] Sept. 5.

The charges stem from an incident where a 21-year-old victim was abducted from Payless. The victim told officials that when he attempted to leave the vehicle, one man pulled a gun. The court records state that the victim was taken to someplace near Artesia, severely beaten, robbed of his wallet and credit cards, and then abandoned.

The victim was found walking along the road near Hagerman. His injuries were so severe that he had to be flown out of state for treatment. The criminal complaint reveals the extent of the injuries, which included multiple facial fractures and internal bleeding that required surgery. According to the court documents, Garcia boasted about stomping on the young man’s head.

Two other men were arrested in connection with the crime. Michael “Boonie” Gonzales, 18, turned himself in to the police on July 17 after he appeared in Roswell’s Most Wanted. With the assistance of the Chaves County Detention Center, Bryan Ramos, 21, was arrested two weeks later. During his initial interview with the police, Ramos denied involvement, saying he was in another vehicle.

Eventually, he admitted to driving the car when the men picked up the victim, but continues to deny participating in the beating. He was charged as an accessory to the kidnapping and the armed robbery.

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