Orange County District Attorney
Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701
For Immediate Release
June 01, 2007
TWO MEN SENTENCED TO LIFE FOR KIDNAPPING AND HOLDING BUSINESS MAN TO EXTORT $80,000
Co-defendant Derek Jason Howard, 33,
On November 16, 2001, John Doe was unknowingly followed by Reyes, Howard, and Cadavas to Fry’s Electronics in
The abductors, joined by Zavala, took John Doe to a Travelodge in
On November 17, 2001, John Doe was taken to the bank by his captors and told to withdraw $44,000. He was forced by Zavala to write a note indicating that he was robbing the bank, and kept the note in his back pocket. John Doe made the withdrawal and exited the bank, but found that his captors had fled because a police car had pulled into the parking lot.
Deputy District Attorney Tony Ferrentino of the Career Criminal Unit prosecuted this case.