Three Florida men abducted a man at gunpoint, waterboarded him, threatened to kill him, and then realized that what they really wanted was to kidnap his coworker, whom they had attempted to entice out of a strip club.
The men are now being prosecuted on numerous charges.
According to allegations contained in the criminal complaint on October 13, 2023, Jeffry Arista, Jonathan Arista, and Raymond Gomez committed an armed kidnapping of the man outside of the victim’s apartment in Fort Lauderdale.
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After forcefully transporting the man to an AirBnB, a rental property located in Plantation, Florida, the kidnappers realized that they had abducted the wrong person.
Rather than releasing the victim, the kidnappers waterboarded and threatened to kill the victim while pointing firearms, tasers, and an electric drill at the kidnapped victim.
Upon learning that the intended target was at a strip club in Pompano Beach, Florida, the kidnappers forcefully brought the victim to the business and ordered the man to enter the business and lure out the intended target.
When the victim entered the business, the victim called law enforcement, and all three kidnappers were arrested.
If convicted, each defendant faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.
Raymond Gomez has not yet had his initial appearance on the charges.
U.S. Attorney Markenzy Lapointe for the Southern District of Florida and Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey B. Veltri of the FBI, Miami Field Office, announced the pending criminal complaint charges.
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