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Witness to Anderson kidnapping speaks out

Published On: Jun 11 2013 07:04:48 PM CDT   Updated On: Jun 11 2013 08:39:07 PM CDT
ANDERSON, Calif. -

A mother of four saw a kidnapping unfold in front of her home in Anderson at around 4 p.m. on Monday.

Sabrina Wallace lives right across from the home on Mill St. where a man was taken against his will after another man forced him to get in a car for a ride. The victim's family spotted his vehicle outside of a home and then called authorities.

Officers told us they found the two kidnapping suspects, 18-year-old Royce Harrison of Shingletown and 19-year-old Aaron Merrill of Palo Cedro, inside of the car and armed with guns.

Wallace said one of the suspects got loose.

"He went running through the neighbors yard and he dropped a gun. Threw his gun down and then went running through the back... It's just crazy that a guy would run through the yard and then drop a gun where any child could've picked it up," Wallace said.

After catching up to the loose suspect, officers forced their way into the home where the victim said he was being held against his will.

They set off a flash-bang after the people inside refused to open the door.

Wallace said while they barricaded inside, she got a phone call from one of the suspects.

"He was just like, 'I didn't do anything wrong,'" Wallace told us, "I was like, 'Well, maybe you need to just come out with your hands up. They're not gonna leave until you come outside.'"

Eventually, officers were able to get inside the home.

19-year-old Michael Kendrick and 19-year-old Tessa Young, both from Anderson were inside. They were also taken into custody.

"I think it's ridiculous and I don't want those kinds of people in my neighborhood because my kids don't need to see that kind of thing," Wallace told us, "They're both carrying guns and they're all on drugs. I mean that's just scary to think of what could've happened."

The victim was found safe.

Harrison and Merrill were booked on kidnapping and drug charges.

Police said Kendrick and Young are connected with the kidnapping because their home may have been used to detain the victim. They were both arrested for drug-related charges.