The case against the four men who have been arrested for a bizarre incident that involved a kidnapping at a sex store is now in the hands of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Jefferson County announced that it has dismissed its case against the four suspects, identified as Hernando Aguilar-Banuelos, Marco Cota-Tamaura, Raymondo Maldanado-Salgado and Jonatan Maldanado-Salgado.
The men have been transferred into federal custody.
Three of the four men indicted by a federal grand jury are scheduled to make their initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Denver Friday.
Hernando Aguilar-Banuelos, Raymondo Maldanado-Salgado and Jonatan Maldanado-Salgado will be in court at 2 p.m. They will be read their rights and advised of the charges pending against them.
The victim, 27-year-old Andrews Flores-Paredes, was shopping at a Lakewood adult store on Aug. 30 when he heard a noise outside. Witnesses say Paredes was heard saying “oh [expletive], they’re coming.”
Four masked men later came into the store with guns, kidnapping Flores-Pardes. An arrest affidavit says that same day, his father received a call asking for $500,000.
That amount of money went down every time the suspects called, which was a couple of times a day.
According to the arrest affidavit, the first attempt to drop off the money by the FBI was unsuccessful because the kidnappers couldn't find it on the side of the road near Bennett.
Court documents indicate that after a location change, the suspects picked up the money in the early morning hours of Saturday, September 3, shortly after the victim was released and taken to his family.
On Monday, September 5, federal agents searched one of the locations associated with the kidnapping and arrested Maldonado-Salgado, and his brother Raymundo Maldonado-Salgado, 22, a short time later. Cota-Tamura was on the lam for nearly a month before he was also arrested.
According to court records, when law enforcement searched the premises of the home where the suspects were arrested, they found an AK-47, an assault rifle, one grenade, a tactical vest, masks, drum magazines and at least $60,000 in cash. More cash was found in other locations as the investigation continued.
One of the alleged kidnappers told investigators he worked on the victim’s father’s ranch and was familiar with the family.
Court records say Raymundo told investigators, the victim's father is a member of a family that "had a major conflict regarding the horse industry that led to the kidnapping plot." Raymundo told investigators the kidnapping plan was in place for four to five years.