Three indicted, charged with kidnapping in Lubbock


A Lubbock grand jury indicted three men accused of kidnapping a victim after demanding money that his family reportedly owed them to purchase drugs.

Paul Reyes-Cantu, 20, Justice Manahan, 23, and Steven Martinez, 22, are charged with aggravated kidnapping for reward.

On Aug. 1, around 10:30 p.m. officers were called to a crash on 19th St., near Higginbotham Park.

While trying to buy marijuana, the victim told police he was told by Reyes-Cantu, Manahan and Martinez his family owed them money. Investigators say, after the victim told them he didn't have the money, they forced him into a vehicle.

The victim told officers Martinez was taking him to the area of 45th and University. A police report states the victim believed Martinez "was taking him to this location to hold him" until his brother paid the debt.

Investigators say Martinez called the victim's brother demanding the money. That's when his brother told officers he was already in the area with the money when he saw the vehicle driving south towards Slide Rd. and started following them.

Near 19th and Utica Ave., investigators say in an attempt to stop Martinez, the victim's brother swerved and collided into the suspects car. He told police he believed stopping the "vehicle forcefully was the only way" to save the victim's life.

Reyes-Cantu, Manahan, and Martinez were arrested and taken to the Lubbock County Detention Center, but later released on bond.

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