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2 Arrested For Kidnapping Teen, Torturing Him With Samurai Swords

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Two men were arrested Thursday in connection with kidnapping a teen who was tortured with lighted cigarettes, cut with samurai swords and beaten, authorities said.

The victim, an 18-year-old male, was abducted in Lancaster on Sept. 25 and was later released after bearing the torture, according to the L.A. County Sheriff's department.

The suspects were arrested after sheriff’s deputies served search warrants at a house and at Ston Skoth Martial Arts Academies, where several samurai swords were recovered.

Deputies arrested Ston Lee at the house and recovered a firearm, drug paraphernalia and a hydroponic marijuana grow, according to the sheriff's department. Skoth Ly, the second suspect, was arrested at another home.

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Both were booked on suspicion of kidnapping, torture and cultivating marijuana and are being held on $100,000 bail.

A third man, Anthony Valdizia, was arrested during the operation on suspicion of being a felon with a firearm. His bail is set at $35,000.