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Second Suspect Arrested in La Quinta Kidnapping, Robbery

Alex Lopez, 20, of La Quinta, was arrested on felony charges of carjacking, kidnapping, and robbery, and booked into the Indio Jail.

A second suspect in a local kidnapping and robbery case was behind bars Wednesday.

Alex Lopez, 20, of La Quinta, was arrested Tuesday night at Calle Tampico, near Avenida Bermudas, for allegedly carjacking, kidnapping, and robbing a man who gave him a ride, sheriff's officials reported Wednesday evening.

He was booked into the Indio Jail on suspicion of carjacking, robbery, kidnapping to commit robbery and assault with a deadly weapon.

He remained behind bars Wednesday in lieu of $250,000 bail, pending arraignment Friday at the Larson Justice Center, sheriff's jail records indicate.

He -- along with Jesus Jonathan Garcia, 21 -- is suspected of robbing a driver who gave the men a ride, then taking him out to the desert, where they put him out of the vehicle.

The alleged crimes occurred about 2:15 a.m. Nov. 27, according to Riverside County sheriff's Sgt. Mike Tapp.

The victim had given two men a ride, and the one sitting in back pulled out a gun and robbed the driver, Tapp said in a news release.

They took the victim out to the desert and let him go, the sergeant said. The cops were called from the area of Avenue 52 and Jefferson Street, the sergeant wrote.

Jesus Jonathan Garcia, 21, was arrested at 48580 El Arco St., in Coachella, the day after the alleged kidnapping.

He remained behind bars Wednesday in lieu of $1 million bail, pending arraignment next Monday, jail records indicate.

Karla Payne December 06, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Great that these 2 lowlives got caught and that the victim is alive. $1M and $250,000 bail seem appropriate. Last week we read about a woman with a DUI hit-and-run which resulted in the death of a pedestrian, and she was released on $5,000 bail, which is ridiculous. I don't get the inconsistency.
frances man December 06, 2012 at 03:01 PM
SO OVER THE TOP THIS IS SO CRAZY TO HELP SOMEONE AND THEN BE KIDNAPPED VITIMIZED ASSAULTED ...HES SOO LUCKY JUST TO BE ALIVE.. MUST HAVE BEEN SCARY..
Reginia Sam December 06, 2012 at 05:10 PM
So sad, trying to help someone and that what happens. Calle Tampico and Avenida Bermudes is right up the street from me.

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