Three men arrested in alleged kidnapping plot

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Francisco Parra, 35; Erik Parra, 33; Gabriel Owen, 34 By Mike Gertzman Francisco Parra, 35; Erik Parra, 33; Gabriel Owen, 34 By Mike Gertzman
Francisco Parra, 35 By Mike Gertzman Francisco Parra, 35 By Mike Gertzman
Erik Parra, 33 By Mike Gertzman Erik Parra, 33 By Mike Gertzman
Gabriel Owen, 34 By Mike Gertzman Gabriel Owen, 34 By Mike Gertzman

DOUGLAS, Ariz. (AP) -- Southern Arizona authorities say three Douglas men are in custody in connection with an alleged kidnapping plot.

Cochise County Sheriff's officials say 35-year-old Francisco Parra, his 33-year-old brother Erik Parra and 34-year-old Gabriel Owen all are being held on a $500,000 cash bond.

They've been booked on suspicion of aggravated robbery, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, extortion, kidnapping for ransom, unlawful imprisonment and weapons charges.

A man told authorities he and a friend were looking at a house near Douglas last week as a possible investment.

The victims say once inside the home, they were confronted by two masked men. The suspects reportedly assaulted them and tried to tie them up, but they managed to get away.

Sheriff's deputies did not find anyone at the home, but later were able to track down the suspects.

Authorities say the Parra brothers and Owens allegedly planned to kidnap the victims and demand more than $1 million ransom from their families.