Police arrest 3 in bogus kidnapping claim

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Three suspects were arrested before last weekend over the death of a man they accused of trying to kidnap them.

The three, including a juvenile, was arrested on suspicion of murder, a GPD spokesman said.

Gardena police said that they received a call Friday about 5 p.m. about an unconscious man in a truck. The caller alleged that the man was a kidnapping suspect.

Police found the man in a truck in the 13100 block of Daleside Avenue. The man was unresponsive and paramedics at the scene pronounced him dead, Gardena police Lt. Steve Prendergast said.

Three suspects were arrested before last weekend over the death of a man they accused of trying to kidnap them.

The three, including a juvenile, was arrested on suspicion of murder, a GPD spokesman said.

Gardena police said that they received a call Friday about 5 p.m. about an unconscious man in a truck. The caller alleged that the man was a kidnapping suspect.

Police found the man in a truck in the 13100 block of Daleside Avenue. The man was unresponsive and paramedics at the scene pronounced him dead, Gardena police Lt. Steve Prendergast said.

The victim was later identified as Bradley Hayes, 34, of Hesperia.

Information provided by the accusers led detectives to “question the story,” Prendergast said. Not long after, the three suspects were cuffed and behind bars.

“Their stories (regarding the kidnapping) just started unraveling,” Prendergast said.

The suspects were Jennifer Nichols, 36, and Alejandro Terrazas, 23, both of Hawthorne. The 15-year-old juvenile was not named.

Prendergast told the Daily Press on Monday that the three suspects and Hayes appeared to have been camping at Dockweiler Beach, near the Los Angeles International Airport.

Hayes was found in the pickup truck, which was towing a camper. Police are skeptical of the murder scene.

“We don’t believe that’s where he was killed,” Prendergast said.

Detectives are investigating the crime and the suspects’ motives.

Police arrest 3 in bogus kidnapping claim