Four men arrested in kidnapping, menacing, assault of female captives


Edgar Barroso, 29; Pedro Valdez, 30; Juvenal Tamayo, 35; and Steven Hillen, 27 were taken into custody on suspicion of kidnapping, menacing and assault.

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DENVER — Four men were arrested last week on probable cause of kidnapping and assaulting female captives that were held hostage, the Denver Police Department said Wednesday.

According to an affadavit, police were dispatched on reports of a kidnapping victim at Denver Health on Friday.

The victim told police she had taken a cab to the Breakfast King at Santa Fe Drive and West Mississippi Avenue a few days before, and had been forced into a car that took her to a garage near Federal Boulevard and Virginia Avenue.

The victim told police she had been stripped down to her underwear and forced to use methamphetamine. She said she was then duct taped, and assaulted and threatened with a handgun.

According to police, the victim said she passed out a few times and believes she might have been sexually assaulted.

The victim told police there were other girls at the location who might have been held against their will.

One of the males removed the duct tape from her and had another male drive her home. She was dropped off at a friend’s home and then received a ride to her home, where she told her mother what happened.

Police were able to find the garage described by the victim at 567 S. Eliot Street and forced entry into the garage because other victims were believed to be held there.

Officers found three males and three females, including one who said she had been held against her will and they had “done things” to her.

Other victims said they had also been forced to strip, then bound with duct tape. The victims told police they were threatened with a firearm and had rounds fired into the floor next to them.

Edgar Barroso, 29, Pedro Valdez, 30, and Juvenal Tamayo, 35, were taken into custody at the garage on suspicion of kidnapping, menacing and assault.

After obtaining a warrant, police searched the garage again and found suspected narcotics and two firearms, along with ammunition used in assault rifles, according to police arrest reports.

A subsequent warrant was issued for Steven Hillen, 27, who was taken into custody Friday afternoon near West Kentucky Avenue and South Wolff Street, police said.

No one has been formally charged.

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