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Police Search for Kidnap-for-robbery Accomplice

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The LAPD have released a composite sketch of a male suspect in a March 5th kidnap-for-robbery case who partnered with a female suspect who is already in custody.“Kidnap-for-robbery does not occur that often, but it’s very serious, and potentially carries a life sentence for the kidnappers,” said Lt. Paul Vernon. In this case, the employee of a Downtown jewelry store was the target--a 46-year-old woman who was abducted after work and held captive at a motel room and subjected to threats to her family. The suspects were aiming to collect ransom for their hostage, however they could not make contact with the victim's family and abandoned her at the motel.

After reporting the crime, the victim helped LAPD Detectives identify Erika Orenday of El Monte as the female perpetrator, however the male suspect is still on the loose. He's described as "a Hispanic man in his late 20s or early 30s, who goes by the name, “Pacho.” He sports a goatee and crew-cut hair. He is known to cross over the Mexican border frequently."