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Brothers kidnapped, held for ransom in Santa Rosa over bad marijuana deal

SANTA ROSA (KRON) - A Santa Rosa man was arrested on Saturday for allegedly kidnapping two brothers over a marijuana deal that had gone wrong, according to the Santa Rosa Police Department. 

At around 4:11 a.m. officers arrived at a home in the 2300 block of Apple Valley Lane. 

A mother called to report that she received a call from an unknown person who claimed to have her two sons. 

Authorities say the person told the woman if she did not give him a substantial amount of money, she would never see her sons again. 

Relatives and close friends said they had not been seen or heard from the victims since late afternoon the previous day. 

Detectives tracked down the possible suspects to a residence in the 4200 block of Sebastopol Road. 

It was discovered that one suspect had bound the victims and was holding them at the address, police said. 

At some point, one of the victims was released to get ransom money to bring back to the suspect. 

Investigators contacted the victim who said his brother was still tied up at the house on Sebastopol Road. 

SWAT and hostage negotiation teams were called in to rescue the second victim. 

Authorities say around 1 p.m. they were able to secure the victim and the suspect was taken into custody without incident.

Numerous items of evidence related to the kidnapping were located at the home.  A replica firearm was also located during the search.  

The suspect was identified as 24-year-old Juan Conchola of Santa Rosa. 

He was booked into the Sonoma County Jail on Kidnapping for Ransom and False Imprisonment charges. 

Upon further investigation, detectives learned that Conchola and victims had been part of a marijuana deal. At some point, a substantial amount of marijuana was stolen. 

Conchola blamed the victims and decided to kidnap them and hold them for ransom because he had to pay off the debt from the marijuana deal.  He used duct tape and zip ties to bind the victims.  

He also used what the victims believed to be a handgun to threaten them. 

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