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3 Sought in Strongarm Robbery, Kidnapping in Artesia

The suspects, described as three white males, confront the owners of a business on the 17500 block of Pioneer Boulevard.

By City News Service

A strongarm robbery netted three suspects an undisclosed amount of money after they kidnapped a victim and forced him to drive to an ATM and hand over money, authorities said Saturday. 

The suspects, described as three white males, confronted the owners of a business on the 17500 block of Pioneer Boulevard in Artesia around 7:15 p.m. Friday, demanding money, said Lt. Alicia Malone of the Sheriff's Lakewood station.

After telling the suspects there was no money on the premises, one of the victims offered to take them to an ATM and hand over money there, she said.

"They threatened to kill them," Malone said of the suspects. "They were in fear of getting killed if someone didn't give them money."

Malone said one of the victims drove his car to the bank, while the suspects drove theirs'.

No weapons were used in the robbery, and an undisclosed amount of money was taken, Malone said.

The suspects' car was described as an older sedan, but Malone said no further description of the suspects was available.

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