SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Two men who admitted their roles in the kidnapping of a man from a Chula Vista home four years ago were expected to learn their fates Friday.
Christian Rojas and Ricardo Lopez Puentes were scheduled to be sentenced Friday morning at the downtown San Diego courthouse in connection with the kidnapping of Mario Leyva on May 14, 2007. Leyva was taken to Mexico, where he was beaten and held for ransom for six months.
During an earlier court proceeding, Deputy District Attorney James Fontaine said Leyva participated in a drug deal at a residence in the Eastlake neighborhood of Chula Vista just prior to the kidnapping. During his six months in captivity, he was held by a drug cartel, believed to be the Arellano-Felix cartel or an offshoot of that group, according to authorities.
The kidnappers initially placed a call to Leyva's brother and demanded $65,000 in ransom, then upped the demand the next day to $500,000, Fontaine said.
In November 2007, the kidnappers decided to release Leyva as long as he worked for the cartel, but he went to a hospital instead and contacted law enforcement, Fontaine said.
The San Diego Police Department has launched an internal investigation into a program intended to reward officers for making drug arrests.
Police were involved a pursuit late Saturday that ended with a deadly officer-involved shooting in Escondido.
Two people died early Sunday morning after a high-speed chase ended in a head-on crash in North County.
A man was shot and killed by police at an officer- involved shooting in Escondido, a sheriff's lieutenant said Sunday.
An approaching winter storm is poised to open an "atmospheric river" of subtropical rain clouds on Southern California this week, but the San Diego area is expected to see just a fraction of that moisture, forecasters said Sunday.
A man threw rocks at vehicles on Interstate 5 near Imperial Beach Sunday, and threatened police with a pickaxe as he ran into a riverbed.
San Diego Sen. Toni Atkins will make history Wednesday when she becomes the first woman and first lesbian to hold the California Senate's top job.
A 16-year-old boy was allegedly drunk when he crashed his car into a stopped vehicle, pinning a motorist between two bumpers, police said Sunday.
A 27-year-old man suffered fatal injuries as the result of a "punching game'' inside of a bar Saturday morning in the Gaslamp
neighborhood of San Diego.
A large plume of smoke filled the sky in Miramar on Saturday morning after a concrete supply building went up in flames.