UNION COUNTY, N.C. (CBS Charlotte) – Union County authorities arrest four teenagers involved in a kidnapping of a 16-year-old girl.
Police have charged Jesus Alberto Carmen, 19, Avel Nava Chaves, 17, and Gilberto Ventura Juarez, 16, with felonious conspiracy and second-degree kidnapping. An unnamed 15-year-old has also been charged with second-degree kidnapping.
According to police reports obtained by CBS Charlotte, the teens allegedly forced the 16-year-old into a van after pointing a handgun at her.
Chavez, Juarez, and the juvenile told police that they wanted to drop the victim off to Carmen, who they believed was her boyfriend. Carmen and the girl dated previously.
Investigators worked with the victim’s family to locate Carmen on his cell phone.
Carmen agreed to meet the officers at a local store to drop off the girl, where he was then arrested.
Police believe that Carmen organized the kidnapping.
Union County Sheriff Eddie Cathey calls this incident “a series of decisions that these young men will regret for the rest of their life.”
Carmen, Chaves, and Juarez all are scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 17, 2012. They are currently being held at Union County Jail.
The girl was unharmed and returned to her family.