FAIRFIELD (KRON)—Two of the four suspects accused of kidnapping a 57-year-old Vallejo woman for ransom were arraigned Monday in Solano County Superior Court.
26-year-old Emmanuel Espinoza pleaded not guilty and will have a public defender. The other suspect, 23-year-old Larry Young, Jr., is still trying to hire an attorney in the case and did not enter a plea.
The judge set bail to $1 million for each suspect. Deputy District Attorney Karen Jensen told KRON 4 she wasn’t surprised by this amount for bail.
“Because of the nature of the offense and because of the fact that we still have a victim who is outstanding and we haven’t found her,” Jensen said.
Young is set to appear in court with the two other suspects, 27-year-old Lovely Rauzol and 32-year-old Jalon Brown on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.
Vallejo kidnapping suspects in court
Espinoza, Rauzol, Brown and Young are all accused of kidnapping 57-year-old Elvira Babb of Vallejo for ransom.
Babb’s son John received a text message from an unknown number on June 30th threatening his mother’s life and demanding money if he did not cooperate or if he contacted the police.
The ransom demanded was $60,000, Jensen said.
“Kidnapping for ransom is a more significant crime as far as punishment because it is subject to life imprisonment, as opposed to regular kidnapping without ransom,” she said.
The four suspects were all arrested on July 8 in connection with the case, but Babb is still missing. Babb was last seen on June 29th at the Sea Food City market in Vallejo after a co-worker dropped her off there.
Vallejo Police are still investigating the case and Jensen could not give KRON 4 specifics about evidence linked to the suspects.