Sergio Magaña Arechiga, 50, was taken into custody last Friday, where he was charged over the ordeal, which took place in Santa Ana, California on June 9
A gang member with an extensive rap sheet has been arrested for kidnapping an elderly man and forcing him to pay for food, alcohol and clothing on an hours-long shopping spree.
Sergio Magaña Arechiga, 50, was taken into custody last Friday, where he was charged over the ordeal, which took place in Santa Ana, California on June 9.
According to police, Arechiga broke into the 82-year-old victim’s home on the evening of that date.
The elderly man was just sitting down to a church Zoom meeting, when he was allegedly kicked to the ground and choked by Arechiga.
Arechiga told the victim he would kill his wife if he did not co-operate, according to a report in The OC Register.
Investigators assert that Arechiga then forced the elderly man out of his home and into his car, where the pair then drove around for hours.
Arechicga reportedly purchased food, alcohol and clothing using the victim’s cash and credit cards.
‘He told me he would not harm me, but if I didn’t do what he told me to do, he would harm my family,’ the victim told KTLA.
Santa Ana Police Department Cpl. Anthony Bertagna told The OC Register that Arechiga ‘took the victim to an ATM and got the max, $300, out and then took him to a liquor store where he wanted to buy beer’.
Surveillance footage from inside a sports store shows Arechiga wearing a red bandana over his face as he and the elderly man wait to pay for goods at the counter
‘After, Arechiga took the victim to a hotel where the guy used a credit card to get a room and then got him back into the car to take him to a burger stand, where he bought three meals and then they went to a clothing and shoe store where he got a bunch of clothes and shoes.’
Surveillance footage from that store shows Arechiga wearing a red bandana over his face as he and the elderly man wait to pay for goods at the counter.
The man is seen taking out his wallet to pay for the items when a cashier comes to the register.
The victim managed to alert the cashier to the situation he was in.
‘When he was far enough away from me, I whispered to the individual, “I am being held up, call the police,”‘ the 82-year-old told KTLA.
‘He winked at me on the way out the door which to me said, he understood what I said.’
However, once police arrived at the scene, the suspect and the victim had gone.
But the shopping spree came to an abrupt end a short time later, because the victim’s credit card was set up to alert his son to unusual purchases.
The elderly man (pictured) as just sitting down to a church Zoom meeting, when he was allegedly kicked to the ground and choked by Arechiga
His watch and photographs (pictured) were found in Arechiga’s possession three days after the kidnapping
When the son received notices that transactions had occurred in unusual neighborhoods, he traced his father’s phone and set out to find him.
Upon arriving at the location, the son found the victim waiting in his car. Arechiga reportedly fled the scene at the same time.
He was arrested three days later after detectives were called to a domestic disturbance and discovered some of the man’s personal items at the home.
Arechiga was charged Tuesday with kidnapping for ransom/extortion, robbery of an automatic teller machine, and four counts of robbery. He is currently being held on a $1.3 million bond.
Arechiga has a 30-year rap sheet, and has previously been arrested for robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and assault of a police officer, according to KTLA.
The victim was kidnapped from his home in suburban Santa Ana (pictured)