Fourth man arrested in Lakewood kidnapping, ransom case

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DENVER — The fourth man accused in a kidnapping and ransom of a 27-year-old man was arrested Tuesday, the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office said.

Marco Cota-Tamaura, 36, was taken into custody in Denver. He is being held without bond and might be facing charges in Denver, the district attorney’s office said.

Three others — Raymundo Maldonado-Salgado, Jonatan Maldonado-Salgado and Hernando Aguilar-Banuelos — were arrested earlier this month in the bizarre case that spanned several days in late August and early September.

The FBI had described Cota-Tamaura as armed and dangerous, and having ties to Texas, Nevada and Mexico.

The district attorney’s office did not say when or when Cota-Tamaura was apprehended.

The kidnapping happened Aug. 31 when Andrew Flores-Paredes was taken at gunpoint from an adult sex store in Lakewood and forced into a car, investigators said.

A $200,000 ransom — more than half that was originally demanded — was placed in a black trash bag along Interstate 70 near Bennett a few days later, but the kidnappers could not find it, according to court documents.

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According to court documents, a new plan was to drop the money in front of Flores-Paredes’ family’s ranch in Commerce City. When the money was retrieved on Sept. 3, Flores-Paredes was released mostly unharmed.

Investigators used cellphone records, surveillance and DNA to track down the suspected kidnappers.

The ordeal spanned the metro area, from Lakewood to Commerce City, Brighton and Fort Lupton, and included more than 100 local and federal law enforcement officers.

Investigators believe the kidnapping stemmed from a family feud over the horse-breeding industry.

Raymundo Maldonado-Salgado, Jonatan Maldonado-Salgado and Aguilar-Banuelos are being held at the Jefferson County Jail.

All four men in the case have been charged with 19 counts, including first-degree kidnapping, robbery, extortion, theft and assault.