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Suspects Sought In Newport Beach Kidnapping

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NEWPORT BEACH (AP) — Authorities are searching for a pair of suspects in the kidnapping of two Newport Beach residents who were later found bound, beaten and cut in the Mojave Desert.

Newport Beach Police Sgt. Todd Hughes said Sunday that one suspect was arrested Oct. 6 in connection with the abduction. Kyle Shirakawa Handley, 33, faces charges including kidnapping for ransom and torture.

Hughes says a 53-year-old woman and a 29-year-old man were forcibly taken from their Balboa Peninsula home on Oct. 1. The next day they were found in the desert by Kern County Sheriff’s deputies. The woman was restrained with zip ties. The man, also bound with zip ties, had been beaten and severely cut.

The Los Angeles Times cites court documents that say the man’s penis was partially severed.

Detectives believe the kidnapping was a targeted attack motivated by money.

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