Kidnappers arrested after one pretends to be victim

Erik Parra, 33, was arrested and charged for his involvement in a kidnapping plot.

Kidnappers arrested after one pretends to be victim

CREATED Mar 8, 2013

Web Producer: Rikki Mitchell

DOUGLAS, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - Deputies uncovered a kidnapping plot after one of the alleged kidnappers told deputies he was one of the victims.

Carol Capas with the Cochise County Sheriff's Office tells KGUN9 that Francisco Parra, Erik Parra and Gabriel Owen were all arrested after deputies learned they were part of a potential kidnapping plot.

Capas said Francisco Parra went to the Douglas Police Department on Wednesday saying he and a friend were victims of a kidnapping.

Francisco Parra told deputies he and his friend went to look at a house on Southern Methodist Drive, when two men wearing masks assaulted them and tried to tie them up.

He also said they were able to get away, but he didn't know where his friend was because they were separated while running.

After deputies responded and interviewed Francisco Parra, they went to the home where the kidnapping took place.

They did find any suspects in their search.

Deputies decided to further question Francisco Parra and another resident of the home.

The second victim, who Francisco Parra said was his friend, was also located and told deputies that he was taken to that house and assaulted by two masked men, but he was able to run through the desert and escape.

Once deputies got a search warrant for Francisco Parra's car and home where they found items that connected him to the assault.

Deputies learned that Francisco Parra along with his brother Erik Parra and Gabriel Owen had pre-planned to kidnap the victim and hold him hostage. They planned to call the victim's family and demand more than $1,000,000 for his release.

When the victim escaped, Francisco Parra went to the police to make it look like he was also a victim.

All three men were arrested on multiple charges including extortion, kidnapping for ransom, robbery and aggravated robbery.

All three are being held on a $500,000 cash bond. The investigation is ongoing.