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Posted: Wednesday, May 10, 2017. 11:19 am CST.

Posted: Wednesday, May 10, 2017. 11:18 a.m. CST.
By BBN Staff: On Monday, Jason Espinoza, 23, and Elio Lopez, 42, were charged in the Corozal Magistrates Court for three counts of kidnapping and three counts of robbery.

Last Wednesday, May 3, Eder Hall, Eliazar Hall and Emir Rosado reported to police that whilst doing a business transaction with Jeffrey Gongora and Brian Espinoza, they were abducted.

The culprits reportedly drove along the Philip Goldson highway where upon reaching Carolina Village, Eder managed to untie himself and reportedly took a handgun from one of his assailants. The vehicle came to a stop and he chased one of the assailants while the vehicle drove off.

In Calcutta, when the vehicle came to a pedestrian stop, Eliazar and Emir managed to free themselves and escaped from the trunk of the vehicle.

Gongora and Brian Espinosa were reportedly ahead of the car in a grey Nissan SUV allegedly clearing the path for Elio Lopez, driving the car.

After a police chase, the SUV was found abandoned at a farm near Camp 1 in Shipyard.

Police retrieved a black Smith and Wesson brand .45 pistol along with a magazine containing three live rounds from the vehicle, a bag containing a gold chain and ring identified as the items stolen and $6,500.

Espinoza and Lopez were denied bail and no plea was taken. They were remanded to the Hattieville prison until August 8th 2017.

Police are still seeking Jeffery Gongora and Brian Espinosa pending charges.

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