MEDINA, Minn. - Police say two men arrested in an armed abduction early Thursday morning intended to burglarize a cell phone business the victim manages.
Medina Police Chief Ed Belland says 37-year-oldJavier Velascowas abducted at gunpoint from his driveway in Loretto just before 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. Velasco's wife called police and reported that her husband was taken by two men in a red Dodge Charger.
Officers launched an intensivesearch using K9 units and the State Patrol helicopter and soon located the suspects' vehicle near Pioneer Trail and Highway 55. Whenlaw enforcementapproached the car, the two suspects fled on foot. Velasco was found inside the trunk of the vehicle. His hands had been zip tied, but he was otherwise uninjured.
Police eventually caught up with the two suspects, ages 31 and 29, and took them into custody.
Belland sayspolice believe thesuspects followed Velasco home from aVerizonretail store hemanages, intending to steal his keys and burglarize the store.
The chief says thevictim and his family are understandably traumatized after the incident.
The Minnesota State Patrol and Hennepin County Sheriff's office assisted Medina police insearching for the two suspects.