GLENDALE, AZ – A second suspect was arrested in connection with the kidnapping of two people who left Desert Diamond Casino on Jan. 12.
According to court records, two people arrived at the Desert Diamond Casino near 91st and Northern Avenues, where one of the people won $ 300. The two people were leaving the casino around 2 a.m. on January 13 and were driving to Goodyear when, according to court records, they were stopped by what they thought was an unmarked police vehicle with blue lights.
The two were tied with a zip and placed in the back of their vehicle, threatening to give up their ATM PIN codes. The suspects withdrew money from several ATMs and robbed the victims of their belongings before they were released.
Police first arrested 38-year-old Issac Gonzalez in connection with the case after they tied him to a vehicle involved in the kidnapping.
On February 2, police arrested Lisa Gomez, 28, in connection with the robbery. Police believe Gomez was involved in tracking the victims at the casino after they won the $ 300 and was also involved in the kidnapping.
Phoenix Police helped arrest Gomez after she was seen in a vehicle related to the kidnapping. She was arrested in connection with the kidnapping and possession of narcotics found in the vehicle.
Court records show that a search of Gonzalez’s house found $ 1,444 in US currency and $ 11,000 in yen currency. The victims said they stole a large amount of US currency and yen in the incident.
Both Gonzalez and Gomez admitted to being at the casino that night, but denied any involvement in the kidnapping.
Gomez faces two cases of kidnapping, one case of illegal transportation, two cases of armed robbery and one case of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Jason L. Hudson, Director of Security for Desert Diamond Casino West Valley, made the following statement regarding the investigation:
“The safety of our guests and the community is our number one priority. This concern is an example of the close working relationships we have developed with neighboring jurisdictions that are closely coordinated to protect our guests and the public.”