SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Jury selection will begin Thursday in the trial of a woman accused of luring a wealthy Mexican businessman to a Chula Vista home in 2007, where he was held for eight days by Mexican gang members demanding a ransom.
Nancy Mendoza Moreno, 23, is charged with kidnapping for ransom with bodily injury and conspiracy to commit kidnapping for ransom. She faces life in prison without parole if convicted.
Moreno allegedly met Mexican businessman Eduardo Gonzalez-Tostado at a coffee shop on June 8, 2007 and immediately lured him to the South Bay home with a false hope the two would be intimate. Instead, Gonzalez-Tostado was beaten by masked gunmen wearing police uniforms who turned out to be members of the Los Palillos Mexican gang, prosecutor James Fontaine said.
The victim's family put together nearly $194,000 to pay the ransom, and a tracking device placed in a container with the money led to five defendants, who were arrested on June 16, 2007, as they tried to drive away during the victim's rescue, according to authorities.
Jorge Rojas Lopez and Juan Francisco-Estrada Gonzalez were convicted of the crimes and sentenced to life in prison without parole. Last month, two other members of Los Palillos, Jose Olivera Beritan and David Valencia, were convicted of the kidnapping and other crimes, including murder.
A San Diego family is continuing their fight for justice for their son after his accused killer, a twice deported undocumented immigrant, fled to Mexico.
Amid an uptick of shootings across San Diego, on Thursday, community came together to discuss ways to stop gun violence in San Diego neighborhoods.
Crews dousing the smoldering remnants of a roughly 60-acre wildfire near Pala Casino had the burn area 100 percent contained Thursday night.
A terrifying scene played out in La Mesa earlier this week when an eighth grader was chased by a man with machetes on her way to school. The man accused – who allegedly had two machetes as he chased the 13-year-old girl – was shot by police and on Thursday was charged under unusual circumstances.
Imagine being at work, when suddenly your boss demands you stop what you're doing and take a break. In Thursday's Zevely Zone, Jeff's in the East Village with the San Diego Humane Society's first "kitten crash."
Beginning Thursday through July 4, 2018, U.S. veterans and up to three guests may enjoy free admission to SeaWorld San Diego as well as other SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment properties across the country. This new offer joins the ongoing Waves of Honor program that offers complimentary admission to any U.S. active duty military, activated or drilling reservist, or National Guardsman once per year, for the military personnel and as many as three direct dependents.
For four hours on Tuesday, a domestic violence suspect held police off with SWAT snipers positioned on rooftops in a Bay Terraces neighborhood. On Thursday, the man arrested answered to charges in court.
A furnace mishap at a South Bay funeral home briefly sent smoke from a crematorium into the air near the interchange of Interstate 5 and state Route 54 interchange Thursday, authorities reported.
Authorities say a couple from California and a man from southern Nevada man were among five people killed in a fiery three-vehicle crash on a remote highway northwest of Las Vegas.