REDDING, Calif. - Five suspects are facing hate crime charges for allegedly luring Hispanic victims through Facebook and robbing them. Two other suspects are still at large.
Police said the victim Margarito Santos, 38, of Chico, went to Redding on July 7 to meet with a woman he met on Facebook. When Santos arrived at a home on the 1600 block of Willis Street he was reportedly confronted by a group of people armed with a stun gun and a screwdriver. When Santos tried to flee, he was hit with the stun gun.
The suspects allegedly held Santos against his will for more than four hours, and stole his truck and ATM card and forced him to tell them the card's PIN. The card was then used at several locations.
Santos was able to escape at the Anderson Wal-Mart and call police.
Five suspects were arrested: Kayla Tanner, 20, Krystal Kerby, 24, Tyler Woods, 21, Zachary Parker, 21, and Michael Bradley, 38. Two other suspects, Lynette Demello, 30, and Karissa Freeman, 21, are still on the loose.
Investigators said the suspects are also responsible for two other similar robberies. All three robberies are being treated as hate crimes because the victims appeared to be targeted based on being Hispanic and the suspects reportedly made statements regarding white power and white pride.
Anyone with information regarding these robberies is asked to call the Redding Police Department Investigations Division at (530) 225-4214.