CORNING, Calif. - One of two Corning men who were involved in a kidnapping and attempted murder incident in November of 2016 has been sentenced.
KRCR News Channel 7 made calls to the Tehama County Sheriff's Office to find out whether or not the third suspect, Esteban Esquivel, 35, had been apprehended as of the day this article was written. We were told the Public Information Officer would be out of the office until Monday and were asked to leave a message for the Assistant Sheriff. At this time, it is believed Esquivel remains outstanding.
According to the Tehama County DA's Office on Thursday, Marco Antonio Oveido, who was 18-years-old at the time of the incident, was sentenced to nine years in state prison for kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon.
Officials said that on November 27, 2016, at about 10:00 a.m., Tehama County Sheriff deputies responded to an address on Mary Avenue in Corning regarding a stabbing. Upon arrival, deputies contacted the reporting party who told deputies that a 16-year-old boy came to their home requesting help.
Officials said the 16-year-old boy had obvious injuries to his head and neck which he claimed were inflicted on him by a man wielding a knife. Deputies also learned that Efren Castillo, 18, was kidnapped by the assailants and his whereabouts was unknown.
Deputies said a few hours later, the family of Castillo received a phone call from the believed assailants demanding money for the safe return of Castillo. Officials said no specific directions were given at that time.
Deputies learned the 16-year-old boys vehicle was taken at the time of his assault and kidnapping of Castillo. Deputies put out an area broadcast to allied agencies in Shasta, Butte, and Glenn Counties describing the stolen vehicle.
Officials said in the early morning hours of November 28, 2016, officers from the Orland Police Department advised they had recently seen the vehicle in the City of Orland. The Orland Police Department, along with the Glenn County Sheriff's Office, Willows Police Department and Glenn County CHP, began a search for the vehicle on Highway 99W south of Orland in Glenn County where the vehicle had been spotted prior to knowing it to be a wanted vehicle.
Officials said the vehicle was seen traveling on County Road 33, near Artois, at about 2:00 a.m. Law enforcement attempted to stop the vehicle and a pursuit began with Glenn County Sheriff's deputies, Orland police officer, and CHP officers.
Officials said the pursuit continued to the 2600 block of Highway 99W where the driver lost control and crashed into the vacant Blue Gum Restaurant near Willows. The driver, who was identified as Oveido, ran away from the scene. With the help of an Orland Police Department K-9, Oveido was taken into custody without further incident and booked into the Glenn County Jail.
Through further investigation, Oveido was identified as one of the two suspects responsible for the assault on the 16-year-old juvenile and the kidnapping of 18-year-old Castillo. Officials identified Esquivel, as the second suspect.
Detectives from the Tehama County Sheriff's Office continued with the investigation, focusing on finding Castillo. Personnel from the Glenn County Sheriff's Office, Willows Police Department, Orland Police Department, California Department of Justice, and the FBI were brought in to assist in this effort.
On November 28, 2016, at about 7:00 p.m., the investigation team received information of a possible location where Castillo was being held. Castillo was found inside an apartment in the City of Willows. Evidence found inside the apartment supported that he was being held there against his will.
Officials said Esquivel was not found at the apartment. Castillo was returned safely to his family. The investigation is ongoing and a clear motive for this crime has not been established.