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Published on April 18, 2024
San Jose Police Apprehend Trio Suspected of Vicious Kidnapping and Torture, Seize Illegal Items in ArrestSource: San Jose Police Department

The San Jose Police Department (SJPD) reported the arrest of three suspects in connection with a harrowing kidnapping case. The grim saga began on February 15, when officers were called to a local hospital after an injured man sought help following a several-day ordeal of being kidnapped, held against his will, and tortured.

Through diligent investigation, the Robbery Unit detectives fingered Duc Nguyen, 49, Kim Ho, 50, and Dayton Pham, 30, for the heinous crime that took place in the 2600 block of Million Court. According to a statement from the SJPD, the victim was repeatedly assaulted throughout his captivity before the suspects eventually decided to release him.

Beyond the kidnapping and torture, suspect Nguyen, who hails from San Jose, California, has also been implicated in other criminal activities. An assault with a deadly weapon and criminal threats incident on February 14 at a Story Road business was also tied to Nguyen. Furthermore, the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office listed him as a primary suspect in an organized retail theft operation.

Executing the arrest and search warrants on April 9, the SJPD Covert Response Unit and MERGE Unit discovered more than just evidence linked to the kidnapping. Seized from the trio's residences were illegal gambling machines and marijuana ready for sale. Nguyen was nabbed in Sunnyvale while his accomplices, Pham and Ho, were pinched in San Jose, as the SJPD release states.

All three suspects are now behind bars at the Santa Clara County Jail, facing serious charges, including robbery, kidnapping, torture, and assault with a deadly weapon. As the investigation continues, the SJPD encourages the public to submit anonymous tips through the P3TIPS mobile app, the tip line at (408) 947-STOP, or the Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers website. Tipsters could earn a cash reward if their information leads to an arrest in the case.