Third man gets prison in Montgomery kidnapping
By Dan Campana For The Beacon-News January 17, 2013 3:16PM
Hugo Argueta, 20, of Aurora, is charged with aggravated kidnapping.
Updated: February 19, 2013 3:09PM
ST. CHARLES TWP. — A 22-year-old man has become the third Auroran sent to prison for a 2010 kidnapping plot in Montgomery.
In a deal with prosecutors, Hugo Argueta was sentenced to seven years in prison after pleading guilty in December to aggravated kidnapping.
Prosecutors said Argueta helped kidnap the owner of a Montgomery packing company where Argueta worked. Argueta acted as a lookout and contributed $500 toward a van used to snatch the 69-year-old man in December 2010, court documents state.
The man was grabbed outside his business in the 2100 block of Rochester Drive, Montgomery. Argueta and the other suspects then drove him to a home in the 1500 block of block of Solfisburg Avenue in Aurora, where he was held overnight, police said.
The next morning, the victim was driven to the area of Commons Drive and Liberty Street in Aurora and released, police said.
Two ransom demands were made during the seven hours he was held, but the kidnappers released the victim before any payment was arranged.
Argueta was arrested in the case along with two other men — Santiago Lopez, 19, of the 500 block of South Lincoln Avenue, Aurora, and Sergio Garcia-Garcia, 20, of the 100 block of West New York Street, Aurora.
A fourth suspect, William Ayala, who is described in court documents as orchestrating the plan, remains wanted on kidnapping and arson charges.
Lopez received a nine-year sentence in October. Prosecutors said he covered the victim’s head with a pillow case and duct-taped his hands. Lopez also drove the van after the man was grabbed. Lopez torched the van, which was found in Aurora, according to authorities and court documents.
Garcia-Garcia was sentenced to eight years in prison after he pleaded guilty to aggravated kidnapping in early 2012. He also contributed money toward the van purchase.
Another suspect’s kidnapping charges were dropped.
Police are still seeking Ayala, who was last seen in a 2007 blue Dodge Magnum, with Illinois license plate number K709241.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Montgomery police at 630-897-8707, ext. 3300, or CrimeStoppers, 630-892-1000.