Two men jumped out of a car and told Hemet police they had just been carjacked at gunpoint, kidnapped and threatened with death, police said today.
Officers then chased the two other men, and eventually arrested them for suspicion of several felony crimes.
In a report released today, Hemet police revealed that an officer was patrolling the 200 block of West Stetson Avenue when a motorist turned abruptly and nearly struck his cruiser, Hemet police Sgt. Jeff Davis said.
The sudden development unfolded at 3:57 p.m. on Friday Jan. 4 in the 100 block of East Stetson Avenue.
The alleged victims bolted from the car’s front seats and ran towards the officer, and claimed they had been kidnapped at gunpoint by two other men in the car.
The alleged victims told the officer that they had been carjacked and then instructed by the suspects to drive home, where they were going to be killed, Davis said. Police found two loaded guns in the car, where the suspects had been sitting.
While that was happening, the two men ran away.
One suspect was caught a short time later, while the second was caught by officers who warned him about their police dog, named Rosco, Davis said.
Adam Barnett, 33, and John Blackwood, 34, were booked for suspicion of kidnapping, carjacking, making terrorist threats and robbery.
They both remained behind bars today, according to online jail records.
No motive was apparent at first, but police learned the alleged victims and the suspects knew each other, Davis said.