Alleged kidnappers to be tried Nov. 28

Facing multiple charges, including first degree kidnapping, Heriberto Martinez, 24, and Pedro Ochoa-Mendoza, 23, are being held in Yakima County Jail.

Both men were arraigned in Yakima County Superior Court Friday, Oct. 14. A status hearing will be held at the jail on Nov. 17, with their trial set for Nov. 28.

Ochoa-Mendoza, who signs his name Ochoa, was charged with first degree robbery, indecent liberties and attempting first degree kidnapping, in addition to the charge of first degree kidnapping.

Martinez was charged with first degree kidnapping, first degree robbery and attempting first degree kidnapping.

Charges against the two men, both from Sunnyside, stem from an incident on Oct. 8, when a Yakima woman, Katharin Jubran, was abducted by two men as she was jogging in the 7000 block of Scenic Drive.

Jubran was left, unharmed, in a field in Sunnyside five hours after being taken. An apparent ransom attempt fell apart when the kidnappers' car broke down. They did take her wedding ring, which has been recovered.

In a development days later, after hearing about the kidnapping, a 16-year-old girl, who had been jogging in the same Scenic Drive area, told police a man had jumped out of a car and chased her, but was apparently frightened off by a passing car. That incident apparently happened in the hours before the kidnapping of Jubran, whose name was not released to the press until after the arraignment.

Yakima Police Capt. Jeff Schneider first reported to the media that a contractor working in the Scenic Drive area had snapped a picture of a suspicious car several days before the kidnapping, a picture that led to the arrest of the two men at a Sunnyside residence. Later, it appeared that the picture, showing a license plate, was taken by another individual, and the contractor had only jotted down the license plate number.

However they were provided, the pictures and license plate number were the "lucky break" police needed, according to Schneider.


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