Crime

Teen kidnapped in plot so woman could have dad’s attention, authorities allege

From left, Sandra Garcia, Mark Roque and Miguel Carriedo
From left, Sandra Garcia, Mark Roque and Miguel Carriedo

Fresno County sheriff’s detectives say a 40-year-old woman conceived a plot to kidnap a 13-year-old girl from her Clovis-area home and frighten her enough so she would return to Sweden, where her mother lives.

That way, the woman could have the girl’s father all to herself, authorities allege.

Detectives hope to rearrest the woman they allege organized the kidnapping last month. Detectives also want to rearrest two of her relatives who allegedly participated in the crime, the Sheriff’s Office said Thursday.

Sandra Garcia, 40, is the ex-girlfriend of the victim’s father and organized the kidnapping to scare the girl into moving in with her mother in Sweden, sheriff’s spokesman Tony Botti said.

Garcia believed that if the girl got frightened enough, she would return to her mother, and Garcia could then resume her relationship with the father, Botti explained.

Garcia was arrested on Feb. 27 on suspicion of conspiracy to commit kidnapping and released the next day after posting bond.

Garcia was living with the victim’s father and had been asked to move out when she set up the kidnapping, Botti said.

Additionally, Garcia’s cousin Miguel Carriedo, 40, and her son Mark Roque, 18, were arrested for their suspected participation, Botti said. They were released on March 1 after charges were not filed by the District Attorney.

The girl was grabbed around 3:15 p.m. on Feb. 16 just outside her home near Shepherd and Academy avenues, the sheriff’s office said. She was bound, told not to scream, placed in the trunk and driven about 25 minutes north to Sycamore Road and Coyote Drive in Tollhouse.

Detectives focused on the three after initial interviews with people close to the victim, Botti said.

There are no current charges filed against the three, but the sheriff’s office is confident the case will be refiled when additional evidence is tested, Botti said.

Razi Syed: 559-441-6679, @razisyed

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