Man had penis partially severed in bizarre Newport kidnapping
Police in Newport Beach are working to put together the details in a bizarre kidnapping case in which two people were driven from a Balboa Peninsula home and left tied up in the Mojave Desert, one of them beaten, burned, doused with bleach and with his penis partially severed.
The victims survived the ordeal earlier this month and a suspect has been arrested, though police continue to seek others.
According to court documents, a neighbor spotted three presumed kidnappers unload a ladder from a truck and lean it against the victim's home in the 100 block of 25th Street before the kidnapping occurred early this month.
The suspects extended the ladder to the home's third-story deck and appeared to prepare for work, records show. But police now believe the men -– who were seen at the house on Oct. 1 -- were actually involved in the abduction.
A 29-year-old man and 53-year-old woman were kidnapped from separate rooms, court records show. The relationship of the two victims was unclear.
The two were tied up and allegedly left in the desert north of Los Angeles. The woman walked three-quarters of a mile in the Mojave before a Kern County Sheriff's Department deputy found her Oct. 2, according to Newport Beach police.
The case could be tied to medical marijuana in some form. Police noted that the male victim works at a Santa Ana dispensary, and one of the suspects was previously arrested in Fresno for marijuana cultivation.
Police have said they believe the incident was a targeted attack motivated by money.
A suspect's vehicle was seen near the victim's Newport Beach home earlier on the day of the kidnapping, and suspects told the victim they knew where his loved ones lived.
Police arrested 33-year-old Kyle Shirakawa Handley of Fountain Valley on Oct. 6 in connection with the crime, and two additional suspects remain at large.
Handley's attorney, Robert Weinberg, said he couldn't believe his client could hurt someone to the extent described by police.
"My client strikes me as someone incapable of the diabolical acts that are described in the police reports," he said. "Compassion for the victim, particularly [the male victim], are at the forefront of both my client and my thoughts."
Handley has pleaded not guilty to charges of felony aggravated mayhem, felony torture, felony burglary, two felony counts of kidnapping for ransom and a sentencing enhancement for inflicting great bodily harm.
He is in Orange County Jail being held without bail.
--Lauren Williams, TCN