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UPDATE: Caldwell kidnapping victim claims he was beaten, tortured for over four hours

Posted at 12:29 PM, Apr 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-30 09:49:55-04

CALDWELL, Idaho — UPDATE: Two people have been booked into the Canyon County Jail in connection with a kidnapping in which the victim stated he was tied up, tased, nearly suffocated and pushed into a hole.

According to a heavily-redacted court document, a Canyon County Sheriff’s Office deputy met on Sunday evening with a victim who claimed that on Tuesday, April 21 he had been held against his will, hands zip tied behind his back, and was “… physically struck by hands, feet, and batons, exposed to a Taser, suffocated with a plastic garbage bag, and thrown into a hole where (he was) shot at and then burned with a hot barrel of a gun,” according to the probable cause affidavit.

The victim said that a car with several people in it had been parked in front of his house, which is why he had not reported the attack sooner.

The attack evidently was prompted by a disagreement over a vehicle purchase. The report indicates the vehicle purchase fell through, due to titling issues, and that the buyer had been upset over apparent lost money.

The victim was reportedly invited to a rural property on Farmway Road in Caldwell Road under the guise of helping with some vehicle work. The victim told police that’s when he was tied up, beaten, tased, and pushed into a hole.

At least one suspect threatened to kill the victim, “unless he signed over all his possessions to make up for the lost money from the (failed) car deal,” according to the document.

The victim estimated that he was beaten and tortured for over four hours “… until he finally agreed to sign over the title to his collector vehicle and agreed not to call the police.”

On Tuesday, armed with a search warrant, tactical teams from the Canyon County Sheriff's Office, and the Nampa and Caldwell Police Departments searched the property on the 4400 block of Farmway Road.

Detectives say they found enough evidence to arrest Miguel Molina, 29, and Kaila Wheaton, 19. Both face felony charges of first-degree kidnapping, robbery, and aggravated assault.

ORIGINAL POST: Three adults have been detained for questioning by investigators after a search warrant was executed at around 6:30 Tuesday morning. The warrant was issued in a continued investigation involving multiple jurisdictions.

According to a press release from the Canyon County Sheriff's Office, the investigation is related to stolen property and other criminal activity.

Tactical teams from the Canyon County Sheriff's Office, Caldwell Police Department and Nampa Police Department carried out the warrant on a property in the 4400 block of Farmway Road in Caldwell. Due to the size and layout of the property, multiple teams were used to provide support to secure and search the property safely.

The tactical teams trained together in the past, but this is one of the first times the three teams have worked together a single location operation. There were no injuries reported during the service of the warrant.

This is an ongoing investigation, and no more information is available at this time.