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Man kidnapped, robbed, vehicle taken and held captive in Norwalk on Longworth Avenue on Thursday

A wild day of events played out in Norwalk on Thursday that resulted in a man being kidnapped, robbed of his vehicle, and held captive in a residence on Longworth Avenue.

According to members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, beginning at 3:57 AM, Norwalk Sheriff’s Station received a call from a male claiming he was the victim of a kidnapping, robbery, and vehicle theft.

Norwalk deputies contacted the victim who told them he met two women in the city of Walnut Park earlier that morning. The victim voluntarily agreed to follow the female suspects in his vehicle as they drove to the 15400 block of Longworth Avenue, Norwalk.

Once at location, the victim was confronted by two males, one of which was armed with a handgun. The suspects demanded the victim’s personal property, tied him up, and held him at the location for a period of time. Once the suspects released the victim, they informed him his vehicle had been taken to a nearby location for him to retrieve. The victim arrived at the indicated location and his car was not there. The victim immediately contacted police.

The victim was able to lead deputies to the location where the incident occurred and the Deputies immediately contained the location. Due to the victim’s account of a weapon being used, the Sheriff’s Department’s Special Enforcement Bureau responded. After verbal announcements were made by Deputies, four people exited the residence. The victim identified one of the four as one of the male suspects involved. He was subsequently identified as Andrew Chavez. The other three occupants were determined to not be involved.

After a search warrant was obtained, entry was made into the residence by Special Enforcement Bureau Deputies. No additional suspects were located.

The other male and two female suspects remain outstanding. The victim’s vehicle was later discovered in the city of Long Beach.

38 year-old Andrew Chavez, of Huntington Beach, was arrested for kidnapping, false imprisonment, robbery, and a weapons charge. He was booked at Norwalk Sheriff’s Station with a bail of $100,000.

For additional information regarding this incident, please contact the Norwalk Sheriff’s Station Detective Bureau Commander, Lieutenant James Tatreau, 12335 Civic Center Drive, Norwalk, California, 90650, at (562) 862-8711.

Source: Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

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