PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY ‚Äî Detectives Monday were trying to learn more about an alleged kidnapping and robbery that seem to have stemmed from a business deal gone bad, authorities said.
Four suspects were arrested late Sunday after police received a call at about 11:40 p.m. from a guest at the Seaview Hotel, an Art Deco gem located on the 1700 block of Ocean Avenue, just one block south of the Santa Monica Pier.
The caller reported something “going on” in another room, said SMPD Sgt. Richard Lewis, and when officers arrived they discovered people climbing out of a window. Officers found at least two victims still tied up.
Officers gave chase and ultimately arrested four suspects, and confiscated firearms and a pit bull, Lewis said. The suspects allegedly took wallets and cell phones from the victims.
Lewis said two victims suffered mild to moderate injuries and were taken to a local hospital for treatment. As many as five victims may have been involved.
The suspects and the victims know each other, Lewis said. The suspects have been living in California for “a couple of years,” while the victims came out a few weeks ago for vacation and business. Apparently the suspects were introduced by the victims to a business associate and the deal went south, leading to the alleged kidnapping and robbery.
“This is not a random event,” Lewis said. “It was definitely coordinated.”
Since the investigation is still ongoing, Lewis said he could not release the names of the suspects by presstime.