Police rescue Phoenix woman kidnapped during home invasion
By Alicia Barron
Oscar Grijalva By Jennifer Thomas
Sergio Castaneda By Jennifer Thomas
Jose Luna Valenzuela By Jennifer Thomas
Hilda Gutierrez By Jennifer Thomas
PHOENIX -- A 22-year-old Phoenix woman who was kidnapped during a home invasion has been freed from her captors.
Police said the suspects were armed with handguns and demanded drugs and money when they forced their way into a home near 59th Avenue and Indian School Road on May 5. When they didn't get what they wanted, they took Karley Saucedo and an SUV and left.
Following a week of negotiations and surveillance, Phoenix police officers and detectives were able to free Saucedo from a home near Baseline Road and 47th Avenue.
Saucedo, who has the mental capacity of an 11- or 12-year-old, is back with her family. She reportedly was not injured.
Six people have been arrested on charges including kidnapping, extortion, armed robbery, aggravated assault and vehicle theft. They have been identified as Oscar Grijalva, 18; Sergio Castaneda, 17; Jose Luna-Valenzuela, 22; Hilda Gutierrez, 29; Carlos Aguilar, 28; and a 17-year-old boy, who was booked into Juvenile Corrections.
"This was a sophisticated group of naturalized citizens and illegal aliens who chose to prey on vulnerable victims for monetary gain," Phoenix police Detective James Holmes said.