Police Say 3 Men Were Victims Of A Hate Crime

A Chico man was abducted and robbed after falling for a Facebook scam. Redding Police were called to the Anderson Wal-Mart about 3:20AM on July 7th regarding a carjacking that occurred in Redding. 38-year-old Margarito Santos of Chico, told them he had been abducted by several people and assaulted. He said he had come to Redding to meet a woman he met on Facebook. When he met the woman in the 1600 block of Willis Street, he was confronted by a group that threatened him with a stun gun and a screwdriver and ordered him to empty his pockets. Santos tried to flee, but was hit with the stun gun, and he then complied with their demands. The suspects allegedly took his truck and his ATM card. He was then forced to provide his ATM pin code. Over the next four hours, Santos was held against his will as the suspects allegedly used his ATM card at several locations.  They videotaped him during his captivity and forced him to go to a hotel and then to the Anderson Wal-Mart, where he eventually was able to escape. Redding Police identified members of the group as 20-year-old Kayla Tanner, 24-year-old Krystal Kerby, 21-year-old Tyler Woods, 21-year-old Zachary Parker, 21-year-old Karissa Freeman, 38-year-old Michael Bradley, and 30-year-old Lynette Demello, all of Redding. As police conducted their investigation, they determined that two other men had been lured to locations using Facebook, 33-year-old Carlos Linares of Shasta Lake and 36-year-old Timothy Valdez of Redding. Police say that due to the fact that the three had been targeted for being Hispanic, they believe the men were victims of a hate crime. Police say that members of the group made statements regarding white power and white pride. Police have arrested Tanner, Kerby, Woods, Parker, and Bradley. Lynette Demello and Karissa Freeman are still being sought.