Sunday, 26 May 2024

Clearlake kidnapping suspect arrested

CLEARLAKE – A man police have sought since early December for his alleged participation in a kidnapping has been arrested.


Anthony Scott Cape, 41, of Ukiah was arrested by the Mendocino County Narcotic Task Force on Wednesday for a battery of drug-related charges, according to Mendocino County Sheriff's Office booking records.


The Clearlake Police Department had been looking for Cape for more than two months. He was one of three suspects identified by a man who was kidnapped and assaulted on Dec. 4 in Clearlake, as Lake County News has reported.


Cape and the other two men – Priest Rogelio Martinez, 34, and James Paul Miller, 21, both of Redwood Valley – allegedly abducted the victim from a residence on Fourth Street in Clearlake, beat and tied him up, placed him in the trunk of his own car and then stole the vehicle.


The victim called police with a cell phone but the men allegedly pulled over and took the phone from him, a confrontation during which police dispatchers are reported to have heard them beating the victim.


On Dec. 5 the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office arrested Martinez at his residence on warrants and charges relating to possession of ammunition and paraphernalia. They later served him with an arrest warrant for the kidnapping while he was in the Mendocino County Jail.


Clearlake Police arrested Miller on Dec. 12. Miller posted his $40,000 bail and was released from the Lake County Jail.


In addition to a felony kidnap charge, with a bail amount of $750,000, Cape is facing four misdemeanor charges – three for driving on a suspended license plus theft of utility service – with each charge adding $15,000 in bail.


Hermann said the home where Cape was arrested Wednesday had a methamphetamine lab in it, for which he could be facing additional prosecution.


“They'll deal with him there before we bring him here,” he said.


Meanwhile, prosecution of Martinez and Miller is now getting started, said Hermann, with charges of kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon and robbery filed against the men.


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