Two arrested in home invasion robbery, kidnapping

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Two men were arrested after allegedly tying a man up, beating him, and attempting to steal money from his bank account, according to the Taft Police Department. 

Around 8 a.m. Thursday, a man – whose identity has not been released – was sleeping at his home in the 200 block of San Emidio Street, when he woke up to loud noises coming from his living room, police said. 

When he entered the living room, he found Edwardo Alcantar-Lopez, 24, who covered his face with a bandana and ignored the victim’s requests for an explanation, according to police. The victim was then grabbed from behind by another man, who police identified as Jose De Jesus Mota, 21, who choked out the victim. When he woke up, he was tied to a chair and blindfolded. 

The man was repeatedly punched and kicked while the Alcantar-Lopez and Mota demanded to know where his valuables were located, according to police. The victim told them he did not have much money at home, but did at the bank.  

Alcantar-Lopez and Mota then allegedly drove the victim to Chase Bank, holding a knife to his neck along the way, police said. The alleged robbers told the victim if he did not withdraw his money and give it to them, they would kill everyone in his home. They remained outside while the victim went into the bank, where he asked a bank employee to call the police. 

The alleged robbers ran away once police arrived. Alcantar-Lopez was later arrested in the 400 block of San Emidio Street. Police arrested Mota Friday in the 100 block of Monroe Street. 

Both men were booked into the Taft City Jail on charges of burglary, false imprisonment, robbery, kidnapping, carjacking, and making terrorist threats. 

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