Two women have been arrested, and two men are being sought, in a kidnapping case that reportedly stemmed from allegations of marijuana theft.
A woman called 911 on March 11 to report that her son was being held against his will, and at some point had been able to text her, said Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal.
“He was at an undisclosed location,” Royal said. “He eventually escaped.”
It was eventually determined during the course of the investigation that the man’s girlfriend was being accused by the suspects as having stolen 20 pounds of marijuana from one of them, a woman identified as Michelle Marie Meyer, 45, Royal said.
The man, who was not being identified, reportedly was “lured” to Meyer’s residence in the 13000 block of Meyers Place by Amber Renee Waldon, 27.
Two men then arrived and beat him, holding him against his will, Royal said.
“They demanded to know where his girlfriend was with the marijuana,” he said.
After being held for about 18 hours, the man reportedly escaped while his captors were distracted.
He was able to identify the two men as Eric Meyer, 44, and A.J. Hill, 30.
A search warrant was executed at the residence on Friday, and investigators reportedly seized evidence that corroborated the victim’s statement.
Michelle Meyer and Waldon were interviewed and subsequently arrested, Royal said. They were booked into county jail on suspicion of first-degree robbery and criminal conspiracy. Waldon remained in custody in lieu of $100,000 bail; Michelle Meyer had bailed out as of Monday afternoon.
Hill and Eric Meyer remain at large and are being sought by the Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit. Hill is described as 6 foot tall, 200 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. Meyer is 6-foot-2, 255 pounds, with blond hair and green eyes.
Eric Meyer had been arrested in September 2012 in connection with the alleged theft of multiple marijuana plants from a residence on Indian Springs Road.
Nevada County Sheriff’s Office deputies received a call that two males were attempting to steal marijuana plants from the residence, and located an unoccupied vehicle parked along Indian Springs Road containing a large amount of freshly cut marijuana.
They later located Eric Meyer walking down the street in a camouflage outfit in the middle of the night. Charges against him eventually were dismissed due to insufficient evidence.
Hill was charged in 2009 with sale and possession of a controlled substance, sale or transportation of marijuana, possession of hash, and being an unlicensed driver, as well as violating probation.
He pleaded no contest to the hash charge and received three years court probation.
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