UPDATE: Kidnapping victim found shot to death in KCK

Posted at 4:20 PM, Apr 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-13 16:15:38-04

Update 4/13/17: KCK police said Cristian Escutia was found dead from an apparent gunshot wound on April 7. 

Update 4/6/17: Marco Sosa-Perea, 21, has been charged with kidnapping 19-year-old Cristian Escutia. 

According to the probable cause statement, Sosa-Perea's girlfriend told a co-worker that he had borrowed her car the day of the shooting and kidnapping, and had "done something very bad." She returned to work the next day and told co-workers that Sosa-Perea was involved in a kidnapping. A co-worker then called police.

The girlfriend's car was found at their home. She told police that Sosa-Perea said he and two other men kidnapped Escutia. Sosa-Perea drove them to a park of of Quindar Blvd. in Kansas City, Kansas. Escutia was forced out of the vehicle and two shots were fired. 

Sosa-Perea has not been seen since he left his home, according to the probable cause statement.

Escuita has not been located.

Original Story 4/5/17: Police say two suspects kidnapped a young man Monday evening from his Chelsea Avenue house. 

Officers responded to the home on the 300 block of Chelsea Avenue around 7 p.m. according to the Kansas City Police Department.

"They saw the gun and a guy I don’t know. He was the driver. They threw my neighbor into the van,” Jacob Caraveo, a neighbor said.

Cristian Escutia was allegedly abducted from his Chelsea Avenue house on Tuesday. 

But the 19-year-old victim, Cristian Escutia, didn’t go quietly. Neighbors say Escutia was resisting his attackers before they hit him with the gun and threw him into the van. 

Video from security cameras mounted next-door are now a key piece of evidence.

“Investigators are working. We are searching all the known areas that he has gone to -- family, friends -- and we are asking our community partners to step up and help us,” Sgt. Kari Thompson, a KCPD spokesperson, said.

Jacob Caraveo grew up with Escutia, whose birthday is on Monday.  

“We don’t hang around as much but we still say 'hi' to each other when we see each on the porch. He’s a good guy,” Caraveo said.

Over the phone, Escutia’s mother told 41 Action News she's still trying to figure how her son could have gotten caught up in this situation. 

“I hope they find him, that he’s alright. I don’t wish anything bad,” Caraveo said.

Police are looking for Escutia who is 5 foot 8 inches and 180 lbs. The minivan is a light blue Chrysler Pacifica

If you have information about this kidnapping call KCPD police or the KC Crimestoppers Hotline 816-474-TIPS (8477)

Police say Escutia was forced into a light blue Chrysler Pacifica like the one pictured above.



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