(LAS VEGAS) — Authorities are investigating whether two men who are accused of kidnapping a Nevada teen and demanding a ransom have ties to the family’s landscaping business.
A burned car found near Sunrise Mountain was traced to an address at a Las Vegas apartment complex, where authorities served a search warrant early Saturday morning, police said.
Melissa Duran, 17, was found by members of the SWAT team bound and blindfolded. The teen was shaken up but unharmed, police said.
Alejandro Manuel Sanchez-Sanchez, 25, of Las Vegas, and Cesar Sanchez, 30, were arrested in separate apartments at the complex and were booked into the Henderson Detention Center on charges of kidnapping, extortion, conspiracy to commit kidnapping and conspiracy to commit extortion charges.
“We are thankful that the quick and effective actions of the Henderson Police Department were able to reunite Melissa safely with her family,” Police Chief Patrick Moers said in a news release. “I would also like to praise the strength of the Duran family for assisting us throughout this horrible event.”
Duran’s family told ABC News’ Las Vegas affiliate the two suspects had worked for the teen’s father’s landscaping business at one time but were laid off.
On Friday, Duran answered the door at 7:30 a.m. in Henderson when two men grabbed her and sped off in their red two-door car with a blue fender on the front passenger side, according to the Amber Alert.
A neighbor’s surveillance video captured the car speeding away.
The captors then called Duran’s parents twice to demand ransom.
Nevada police previously issued an Amber Alert and searched beyond Nevada in case she was taken across state lines to Southern California, Northern Arizona or Southern Utah.
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