Alleged kidnapping victim claims he was forced to rob bank


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SAN DIEGO – Two men and a woman were taken into custody after a man claimed they forced him to try to rob a Bank of America in City Heights Monday, police said.

Mark David Morales, 36, Judy Elizabeth Acevedo, 33, and 53-year-old Charles Anthony Karam III were arrested and face charges of kidnapping.

San Diego police received a call at 1:30 p.m. about a possible kidnapping at 4166 El Cajon Boulevard.   Police said a man walked into the lobby and told a bank teller that people kidnapped him and were forcing him to try to rob the bank

"According to him he was forcibly brought here and being extorted for money," said SDPD Lt. Charles Lara.

The man in the bank described a black vehicle and the people inside it to the teller, who then reported it to police.

"When we received the call, officers came immediately.  When police arrived, they detained two men, a woman and confiscated a weapon that was in the backseat of the vehicle,"  said Lt. Lara.

Officers recovered a sawed off .22 caliber rifle from the vehicle as well as ammunition.

Police said the bank was not robbed since the man walked up to the teller and asked for help.   Investigators said the man was apparently being forced to withdraw an undisclosed amount of money from his own account.

"We know he was brought here from another location in City Heights," said Lt. Lara.  "He is being treated as a victim."

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