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Third suspect tied to kidnapping of Desert Diamond Casino winners arrested

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Posted at 12:26 PM, Feb 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-08 17:08:20-05

GLENDALE, AZ — A third suspect tied to the kidnapping of two people who spent the evening at the Desert Diamond West Valley Casino in Glendale in January has been arrested.

Court records say the two individuals were leaving the casino around 2 a.m. on January 13 and were driving to Goodyear when they were stopped by a vehicle that they believed was an unmarked police vehicle. Records said the vehicle had blue lights atop the vehicle.

The two individuals said they were forcibly removed from their vehicle and were immediately restrained with zip ties and handcuffs. Once they were placed into the back seat of the individual's car, they were held down to keep both from being able to see where they were going, according to court documents.

The individuals told authorities they were threatened to be killed if they did not provide their bank accounts and pin numbers. The suspects then used that information to withdraw an unknown amount of money from various ATMs, according to police records, before eventually releasing the individuals.

Police said the first suspect, 28-year-old Issac Gonzalez, was arrested on January 15 after being tied to the suspected vehicle.

The second suspect, 28-year-old Lisa Gomez, was arrested Feb. 2 for her alleged involvement in the kidnapping and robbery, as well as on a drug charge.

Police said Gomez allegedly located and tracked the victims inside the casino. One of the victims reportedly won $300 gambling.

Gomez identified a third suspect, 31-year-old David Stevens, as the possible driver of the Nissan Titan that was seen at Desert Diamond Casino and was also allegedly involved in the kidnapping.

Gomez told authorities she and Stevens, her boyfriend, drove to the casino the night of the incident but she was allegedly unaware of what happened after leaving the casino.

Stevens was arrested on Feb. 5 and told police he had previously bought the stolen Nissan Titan months back. He did not admit any involvement in the incident to police.

Stevens is currently facing multiple felony charges, including kidnapping, armed robbery, aggravated robbery and impersonating a peace officer.

A mugshot for David Stevens has not been made available.