Two suspects are in custody after they allegedly broke into a home in California and kidnapped multiple victims, including two young children, police said.
Around 2:37 a.m. on Oct. 27, police in Westminster responding to a residence in reference to a kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon found two victims, an adult male and female, bleeding from head injuries, officials said.
Officers determined the two suspects, later identified as Bich Dao Vo, 30, and Michael Alexander Rodriguez, 26, were armed with a handgun when they forcefully entered the pair’s residence and demanded money.
“The male suspect pistol whipped both adult victims when there was no money found” and, at gunpoint, forced the victims as well as a 14-year-old female and 6-month-old baby who were at the residence, into a cargo van and drove the four to a hotel in Costa Mesa, police said.
According to officials, the suspects allegedly threatened to kill the adult two victims if they didn’t give them cash.
The two adult victims were able to escape from the motel room, leaving the two children behind inside the room, and return to their residence, where they called 911, police said.
Westminster and Costa Mesa police officers found the children at the hotel unharmed and later located the suspects’ van.
Officers conducted a high-risk felony traffic stop and were able to take Vo and Rodriguez into custody.
Inside the suspects’ vehicle, police said they allegedly recovered two loaded firearms — a .40 caliber handgun and an AK-47 style rifle.
Both Vo and Rodriguez were booked into the Orange County jail. Each faces multiple charges that include kidnapping, assault with a firearm, felon in possession of a firearm, robbery, false imprisonment, and child endangerment, police said.
Officials noted Vo is related to the adult female victim.
“This violent and disturbing crime is particularly disturbing, due to the young age of two of the victims. The Westminster Police Department Major Crimes Unit will be further investigating this incident,” Chief Darin Lenyi said.