Trio arrested for kidnapping says they tried to rescue relative from brainwashing

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SAN DIEGO — Three people who claimed they were trying to rescue a relative from being “brainwashed” by a religious group were arrested for kidnapping, authorities said Friday.

The suspects were arrested after deputies performed a high-risk traffic stop to end a high-speed chase between two civilian vehicles in the Vista area, San Diego Police Sgt. Patrick Yates said.

The pursuit ended in the 1500 block of Foothill Drive at 5 p.m. Friday, Yates said.

The pursuit began with four people in a van being chased by another vehicle with a single occupant, Yates said.

The first van included a 23-year-old man, a relative of the three other vehicle occupants, who they claimed they rescued from brainwashing at the Twelve Tribes Community Church, Yates said.

The three suspects arrested for kidnapping were Andrews Martinez-Manso, 51, Eliza Martinez, 25, and Robert Harry Matthew, 25, Yates said.

The kidnapping victim and the driver of the second vehicle were not identified.