2 custody in connection with reported kidnapping that brought SWAT to Glendale home

Several SWAT team members were at the scene near 71st Avenue and Bethany Home Road. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)Several SWAT team members were at the scene near 71st Avenue and Bethany Home Road. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)


Police are working to sort out a situation in which two Colorado men in town for a vehicle auction claimed they were kidnapped and held at a Glendale home.

Several officers and SWAT team members were seen in a neighborhood near 71st Avenue and Bethany Home Road early Wednesday morning.

According to Sgt. John Roth of the Glendale Police Department, the victims – a 48-year-old and a 35-year-old – “were given the suspect residence as a place to stay until the auction during which the kidnapping occurred.”

The two men escaped and called the police just after 2:30 a.m.

While in the area, officers spotted the two suspects driving the vehicle the victims had described. A 20-year-old Hispanic man and a 17-year-old Hispanic boy, both matching descriptions given by the victims, were taken into custody during a traffic stop.

Early on, there was some concern that there might be other suspects – possibly armed — or victims in the house, which is why SWAT responded.

That turned out not to be the case.

“The home was designed so that three separate families could live there independently,” Roth explained. “The occupants found at the home are being interviewed however at this time appear unrelated and not victims. 

“A search of the home and suspect vehicle [is] being performed for further evidence as to what had occurred,” he continued.

At this point, it’s not clear how the victims and the suspects are acquainted.

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