Three men purporting to be members of the Mexican drug gang Los Zetas were held under $250,000 bonds Monday on charges of kidnapping a man in Metairie, beating him with a shovel and stealing his wallet.
From left: Walter Farina, Jonathan Pavon, Heriberto Sanchez
Walter Farina, 46, and his son, Jonathan Pavon, 27, along with Heriberto Sanchez, 28, all of Metairie, were booked with armed robbery and simple kidnapping, Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office arrest reports said.
They are accused of accosting a 28-year-old man who was walking on Transcontinental Drive near Hearst Street on Friday around 11;45 p.m. The man told investigators they used a shovel and some sort of "lever" to beat him in the head, trunk and legs then forced him into a pick-up truck.
His attackers told the man that they were members of Los Zetas and threatened to kill him, the Sheriff's Office report said. One of them stole his wallet and phone while holding a knife to the back of his neck.
The man told investigators that the truck traveled down Clearview Parkway until he managed to escape near Veterans Memorial Boulevard and run to a nearby vehicle for help. The people in that vehicle drove him to East Jefferson General Hospital in Metairie, where he was treated for two-inch gash on his head and bruises across his back and thighs, the report said.
A few hours later, deputies stopped a truck matching the one described by the beating victim and arrested Sanchez and Farina, said Sgt. Larry Dyess, a Sheriff's Office spokesman. Pavon was arrested later Saturday when he arrived at the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center to post bond for his father.
All three remained in jail Monday, however.
Los Zetas is a violent group of Mexican military deserters involved in drug trafficking, sometimes on its own and sometimes in association with the the Gulf Cartel, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says.
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