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Female El Monte gang member held woman at gunpoint for car, officials say

December 3, 2010 |  8:16 am

Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies said they have arrested a female El Monte gang member who is accused of holding a 22-year-old woman at gunpoint and trying to force her to sign over a car.

Officials said the victim's 18-year-old boyfriend reported a kidnapping early Tuesday morning, telling deputies his girlfriend was being held against her will by a woman with a handgun in a home in the 16600 block of Tudor Street in unincorporated Covina.

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Deputies went to the residence and detained several occupants, officials said, and as they searched the home they found a handgun and arrested Lori M. Madrid, 38, on suspicion of kidnapping and attempted robbery. Investigators described her as an El Monte gang member.

She was also booked for possession of a loaded firearm by an active gang member and possession of an unregistered firearm by a gang member.

The victim told deputies she went to the home to see someone and was confronted by Madrid, her former neighbor, who was armed with a handgun, officials said.

She said she was held against her will by Madrid for more than five hours, officials said, and that Madrid threatened her repeatedly to get her to sign over ownership of her car.

"This could have ended badly, especially for the female victim," said Sgt. Joe McDonald of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

-- Richard Winton