Kidnapping victim speaks, one suspect still missing

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The search continues for an armed and potentially dangerous man.

Tucson Police said he and another suspect led them on a chase starting in south Tucson, ending in Green Valley.

Five people were arrested and most of them were charged with kidnapping and extortion. The teen they're accused of kidnapping spoke only to Tucson News Now.

The 16-year-old told TNN's Som Lisaius on Thursday he thought he was going to die.

He said he was tied up, beaten and drugged several times over a 24-hour period. It all started on Tuesday afternoon when he was invited over to a friend's house to play video games. It ended on Wednesday when TPD surrounded the house, and quite possibly, saved this young man's life.

"I don't know how the police found me... I was lucky enough to be found which is what matters most… I owe them my life."

Those were the strong words of a 16-year-old boy who went through so much over the past two days after he was invited over to the house of somebody he thought was his friend.

“They tied me up. T hey were asking me personal questions about my family, about things like that... Where do they live, what do they do, this and that."

That's because their end game was money. A group of five to seven men, he said, beat him, drugged him and made him drink tequila until he vomited.

For whatever reason, they thought the 16-year-old was part of a very wealthy family. If his parents didn't hand over $400,000, he said these guys were going to kill him.

"They were making threats they were gonna cut my fingers off and send them off to my family if they didn't give them the ransom they were asking for."

Thanks to some very good police work, TPD learned where the boy was being held and moved in Wednesday afternoon. Because the boy was blindfolded at the time, and groggy due to the alcohol and drugs, he only remembers parts of what happened.

“Everything was in Spanish. They were all Hispanic. I heard ‘la policia,' which means police, and the person next to me... I felt them run out of the room... you hear their footsteps running."

Five of six suspects were subsequently arrested and charged with extortion, kidnapping and armed robbery. A sixth suspect is still being sought.

Even if he's caught, this young man's life will never be the same.

"When you see that in the movies, you're like, ‘That's never gonna happen to me... I'm careful... I'm good... until it happens to you. That's when it hits you. It's reality. There are monsters out there. From outside your front door, everyone is a monster . You can't trust no one. That's what I learned."

As for the sixth suspect who's still outstanding, police said they're working some very promising leads. They wouldn't say his name or give us a description but said they're moving in the right direction and we may be hearing about a sixth arrest in the very near future.

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