Police: Suspects arrested after alleged kidnapping incident in Glendale

PD: Suspects arrested for Glendale kidnapping
Posted at 8:13 AM, May 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-17 01:25:59-04

Authorities say two people are in custody stemming from a kidnapping and robbery in Glendale.

Police received a "suspicious circumstance call" around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday after two people reported they had allegedly escaped from a house near 71st Avenue and Bethany Home Road after being kidnapped.

The victims say they were in town for an auto auction, and had been told by an acquaintance that they could stay at a house while they were here. When they arrived at the home, that's when the victims say they were confronted by the suspects. 

The victims say the suspects took their personal belongings and bound them by the hands and legs. 

The alleged victims were able to provide officers with a description of the suspects, a police spokesperson said. During the investigation, the suspect vehicle was spotted and officers conducted a "high-risk stop."

Two people were taken into custody, authorities said. One suspect has been identified as 19-year-old Leonard Zapien. The other suspect is 17-years-old and has not been identified. 

The victims reported that there were more suspects at the home, officials said. Due to the possibility of weapons being at the house, the SWAT team responded as well.

No other suspects were located inside the home. Zapien and the other suspect will be charged with kidnapping, aggravated assault, armed robbery and theft of means of transportation.