San Diego

Third Man Pleads Guilty In SD Man’s Kidnapping And Murder

SAN DIEGO, CA — Three males have now pleaded responsible to the kidnapping and homicide of a Southern California man, authorities stated.

Miguel Anthony Rendon of San Diego was kidnapped from a resort in Tijuana on May 29, 2020 by perpetrators who referred to as Rendon’s household and demanded money and medicines in change for his return, the U.S. Attorney’s Office stated.

In his plea settlement, 26-year-old Luis Armando Dorantes Rivera Jr., of Tijuana, admitted that he forcibly eliminated Rendon from the resort. Dorantes and two others reportedly punched, kicked, and pistol-whipped Rendon.

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Once he was subdued, Rendon was positioned in a getaway automotive.

Rendon was taken to a different resort in Tijuana, the place he was held whereas Dorantes and his co-conspirators referred to as Rendon’s household to demand $2,000 to $3,000 or methamphetamines in change for his launch, prosecutors stated.

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Rendon was killed by the three males on or about May 30, 2020.

Rendon was initially tasked with crossing into the U.S. on the San Ysidro Port of Entry with methamphetamine strapped to his physique, however as an alternative stole the medication and was kidnapped in retaliation, court docket paperwork said.

“This is a tragic case where a young man paid the ultimate price for getting involved with the wrong people, and his family is forever devastated,” stated U.S. Attorney Randy Grossman. “Drug traffickers don’t hesitate to use extreme violence. We will not hesitate to seek justice for victims.”

Dorantes pleaded responsible on Thursday, whereas co-defendants Wyatt Valencia-Pacheco and Alan Lomeli-Luna pleaded responsible earlier this year. All three males are set to be sentenced this fall in San Diego federal court docket.

“This case shines a light on the disregard for human life these defendants had assuming they were outside U.S. jurisdiction and U.S. law enforcement,” Special Agent in Charge Stacey Moy of the FBI’s San Diego Field Office stated “No defendant is safe from the FBI’s reach. We will pursue any criminal around the world to ensure justice is served – today’s guilty plea is another example.”

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