SAN ANTONIO - New details emerge in connection with the kidnapping of a couple at gunpoint in front of children at a Far Southwest Side home.
A third suspect, Rafael Alexander Resendez Jr., 29, was arrested on Monday and charged with aggravated kidnapping. Felipe Valdez, 40, and Xhavier Martinez, 29, were both arrested just two days after the kidnapping and were also charged with aggravated kidnapping.
The kidnapping happened around 6 a.m. on Sept. 6 at a home off Mission Bell near Loop 410.
Police say that the children heard two men kick in the door of their home. The unknown men went upstairs, pointed a gun at their mother who was taking a bath, pulled her out, and put her on the ground. The unknown suspects also put the father on the floor at gunpoint.
The suspects were demanding money from the parents after an older sister of the children was given a large sum of cash to hold at their home. The court documents state that the sister had left the home on August 31st and left for Mexico with her boyfriend. The two suspects were not able to find the money and decided to kidnap the parents.
When police arrived, they found five children unharmed inside the home.
According to the police report, surveillance footage showed Resendez and Martinez both force their way through the front door and bring out the two victims at gunpoint.
Informants told investigators that the couple was being held at a house off Benrus Boulevard near West Commerce Street on the West Side.
On Sept. 7, police were watching the home when they saw Martinez and Valdez, along with the two victims, leaving the home. That's when police moved in and arrested to them both.
During an interview, one of the victims told police that they were being held in a locked storage room. While being held, they were both repeatedly physically assaulted with fists and being hit by firearms. They also said they both were able to escape after they heard other people inside the home leaving. The victim said Valdez told the other two suspects that he was going to kill the couple because of there being "to many eyes," according to the arrest report.