3 arrested in suspected kidnapping over texts

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sacramento County Sheriff's officials say two men and a teenage boy have been arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and beating up a 17-year-old boy who had exchanged text messages with one of their relatives, a 13-year-old girl.

Sgt. Lisa Bowman tells the Sacramento Bee that several witnesses, including four young children, saw the trio punching the 17-year-old before tossing him into a van late Sunday.

Bowman says the victim had been texting the 13-year-old and agreed to meet her. When he arrived at her house he was ambushed, chased and beaten before being carried away and shoved in the van.

A witness chased the van and was able to provide police with a license plate number.

The victim was treated for his injuries at a hospital.