Police said a red-colored was seen speeding away from a home where a teen was reportedly abducted. (Henderson Police)
Police tape off a neighborhood where a teen was believed to have been abducted. (Matt Delucia/FOX5)
Alejandro Sanchez-Sanchez & Cesar Sanchez booking photos (Courtesy: Henderson police)
HENDERSON, NV (FOX5) -
A 17-year-old Henderson girl who was kidnapped from her home Friday had been found unharmed Saturday morning.
Melissa Duran was safe, authorities said.
Henderson police arrested Alejandro Manuel Sanchez-Sanchez, 25, and Cesar Sanchez, 30, both of Las Vegas. The two were booked on kidnapping, extortion, conspiracy to commit kidnapping and conspiracy to commit extortion charges. Both are being held without bail.
Two men knocked on the door of Duran's home in the area of Warm Springs Road and Arroyo Grande Boulevard at 7:30 a.m. Friday.
"I opened the door and I said hello, and then he kind of just stood there, he didn't really look at me though he just kind of looked away," Melissa Duran said. "And then he threw sand in my eyes."
Duran said the man began attacking Melissa, and she struggled to fight back.
"He was hitting me, and I was trying to hit him," Duran said.
That's when a man grabbed her.
"I noticed that they were pulling me away, I was just yelling, and then I noticed my little brother came out, and he was like I'm going to call the cops... and then the guy was like no don't call the cops, we're going to kill her," Melissa Duran said.
Duran said she was then put into a car and blindfolded by Alejandro Manuel Sanchez-Sanchez, Cesar Sanchez and a third person.
"There was three! There was one that was driving, one in the passenger seat and one that was behind me. At that point I still had my cell phone, and I was somehow trying to call 9-1-1," Melissa recalled.
According to Melissa, that's when the men took her phone away, and she was taken to an apartment complex near Stewart and Eastern where she was held for more than 20 hours.
A ransom demand was later made in a phone call to Melissa's parents, detectives said. Authorities noted the suspects contacted her parents at least twice throughout the day.
Duran's family was requesting privacy following her rescue, police said.
According to police, the suspects fled the area in a late model red two-door passenger car with a blue fender on the front passenger side.
A neighbor said he saw the girl's family members become frantic after the reported abduction.
"As I was walking [to school], a frantic woman and her son come out and the son's wielding a baseball bat," neighbor Gary Heidman recalled. "They're saying, 'Call 9-1-1! Someone just took my daughter.'"
Police were able to track her cell phone from the call to her parents and the kidnappers' car, which was caught on a neighborhood surveillance camera.
"Finally I heard like a big boom on the door, they were like SWAT Team, Melissa, Melissa. and then they came right into the bedroom, untied me and took my blindfold off... they got me out of there as fast as possible," Duran said.
Now, Melissa says she's determined to not let this ordeal ruin her life.
"I'm not going to be the same any more, but I don't want to be different from the person I was before," said Melissa.
Melissa's friends and her boss at the place that she works gathered at the Duran home after the shocking abduction.
"I never thought this would happen to anyone and not to her," Melissa's boss Shanna Elhard said. "She is one of my greatest employees. She's been with me for over a year. She's awesome."
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