A California gang member with a criminal record spanning more than three decades is in custody again Wednesday after abducting an 82-year-old so he could be taken on a shopping spree, police say.
Sergio Magaña Arechiga, 50, is now facing numerous felony charges — including kidnapping for ransom/extortion — following the June 9 incident in Santa Ana.
The city’s police department told Fox 11 that it began when the victim walked in while Arechiga was burglarizing his home. He was choked and threatened that his wife would be killed if he didn’t cooperate, police said. The victim, thinking his wife was home, then got into his car with Arechiga, according to Santa Ana Police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna.