Two indicted in kidnapping attempt

LAWRENCEVILLE - Two men were indicted by a Gwinnett County grand jury this week in connection with the violent kidnapping of a 22-year-old woman from her apartment in December.

Sebastian Reyes, 28, and his friend, 19-year-old Angel Escabar Rivera, allegedly abducted Reyes' girlfriend from her Norcross apartment on Dec. 30. They face charges of kidnapping with bodily injury, kidnapping, aggravated assault, armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

Authorities said Reyes' 22-year-old girlfriend, Alejandra "Melissa" Martinez, and two of her friends were at her apartment about 6 a.m. when Reyes and Rivera came to the door. The two men allegedly forced their way inside at gunpoint and stole a necklace and cell phone from a male friend of


Martinez's female friend was dragged from room to room by her hair, according to police.

Reyes allegedly stomped on Martinez's face before forcing her to leave with them. Over the next six hours, he made several calls from Martinez's cell phone to her friends and family promising to return her, said Cpl. Darren Moloney, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Police Department.

The family members provided police officers with information leading them to a house on Worcester Place where they men were holed up. Reyes and Rivera were arrested and Martinez was rescued safely.

She suffered minor injuries from the attack, Moloney said.

In other indictments:

•A 21-year-old Sugar Hill man was indicted on charges of homicide by vehicle, serious injury by vehicle, DUI and driving without a license in the death of a 9-year-old boy on Christmas Day.

Pablo Medrano was killed and three of his family members were injured when Eric Flores Ayala allegedly ran a red light at Nelson Brogdon Boulevard and Hillcrest Drive in Buford and slammed his Jeep into their car.

Police allege that Ayala was driving drunk at the time.

•A Pendergrass man was indicted on one felony count of aggravated cruelty to animals and two counts of cruelty to animals. Several neglected horses were found on his property on Thompson Mill Road on March 30, 2005.

According to a police report, a 3-year-old sorrel stallion was lying on its side in the mud. It was subsequently given medical treatment, but it died because of malnutrition. A 3-year-old bay mare and a 23-year-old sorrel mare were also emaciated, according to the report. The man told police he was unable to care for the horses because he had been sick.