Neighbor of woman who was kidnapped speaks out - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/13/09

Neighbor of woman who was kidnapped speaks out

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By Katie Bauer  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Monday night 32-year-old Wendy Martinez and her boyfriend 26-year-old Jose Lucio were inside her apartment at Hunter's Way in the 5500 block of 56th street when two armed black men broke in.

They tied up Lucio, and kidnapped Martinez in her white Hummer H3.  Police say they drove around for about an hour, made a stop at an ATM where they withdrew money from Martinez's account, before dropping her and the vehicle off in the county.

On Wednesday night these men are still on the loose.

Kelsey Crouch says she was watching TV with her husband when someone frantically banged on her door.  She says her husband answered the door and there was Lucio still tied up. "He said he was probably tied up for about an hour before he escaped and he broke through the window that is right on the side of the apartment," said Crouch. 

Crouch lives in Hunter's Way Apartments and says she was in shock when she saw Lucio at her door. "His hands were still tied and he still had the sweat pants around his neck and he was just able to pull it down and his wrists were tied up with white string and a red cloth and he was just like bleeding from being tied up so tight and there was blood all over the rope and he was just pale, bug eyed, pale and shaking," said Crouch.   

Lucio told Crouch two men ambushed Martinez's apartment, and before kidnapping her, stole a Nintendo Wii, his wallet, and her purse. She said Lucio was visiting from New Mexico. "He was just deathly afraid, he just kept looking through the windows, he was scared for Wendy's life, scared for his life," said Crouch.  

She says Martinez works as a branch manager of a local bank, and Lubbock Police say the two suspects indicated they knew where she was employed. "There was moving people moving all of her stuff already so she is probably already having someone move out her stuff, which I totally don't blame her, these guys are still out there. These guys are organized criminals and I'm sure she can't feel safe anywhere knowing that these guys are still out there," said Crouch.   

Crouch says she has never felt unsafe at her apartment complex. "Stuff like this just doesn't happen especially in these apartments in this place it's just not normal for this stuff to happen," said Crouch.

Police still need your help if you saw the two suspects on Monday night. The suspects are described as two black men with red bandanas on their faces.  One is about 5'8 and 215 pounds, wearing blue baggy jeans and a black T-shirt. The second suspect is about 6'2, 240 pounds, wearing blue baggy pants and a white tank top.

If you know anything about this kidnapping, please call CrimeLine at 741-1000.

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