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4 charged with kidnapping in Hickory

Four Illinois men are jailed in Catawba County, charged with kidnapping a man early Tuesday in Hickory, police say.

The victim, identified as Alfonso Moreno, suffered minor injuries, according to Hickory police.

Investigators say Moreno apparently was kidnapped in the Lowe’s parking lot on U.S. 70 in Hickory. A woman called police later, saying she had received a telephone call from someone who demanded a ransom for Moreno’s safe return.

Police say they were able to establish a possible location for the victim, and Hickory police, joined by deputies from the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office, entered a residence about 3:30 a.m. Tuesday in the 1000 block of 21st Street Drive S.E.

Officers found Moreno in the house, along with four men who were arrested.

Police Tuesday afternoon were still searching for Moreno’s missing vehicle. Surveillance video from Lowe’s show the 2005 White Cadillac STS with the license plate BFD-9695 pulling into a parking space and then leaving after a dark minivan pulled up beside it.

Neither vehicle was found at the residence where the victim was located.

The four suspects were charged with felony conspiracy and kidnapping. They were identified as Jorge Alonzo Rentas, 21, of Chicago (also charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon); Alejandro Zambrano, 23, of Orlando Park, Ill. (also charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon); Gema Yadaria Zambrano, 23, of Chicago; and Orlando Zambrano, 19, of Chicago.

Each is being held under $500,000 bond, Hickory police say.

Anyone with information should call Hickory Police Department at (828) 328-5551.

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