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Kidnapped Boy Rejoins Family; 2 Men Sought

August 11, 2000

CALABASAS — Sheriff's deputies were searching Thursday for the kidnappers of a 5-year-old Calabasas boy who was reunited with his parents after a harrowing, one-day ordeal.

The boy, who wasn't harmed, was dropped off by his abductors Wednesday night at a Costco store parking lot in Oxnard, a night after being snatched from his home, investigators said. Deputies and FBI agents retrieved the child and the $200,000 ransom the kidnappers demanded. Investigators were unable to capture the two kidnappers.

"The child was visibly shaken by this event, but he was returned safely," said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Bruce Thomas. The family was reunited with their son at the department's Lost Hills substation.

Two men broke into the family's house in the 4200 block of Temma Court about 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Thomas said.

Wearing ski masks and carrying handguns, the men grabbed the boy while his parents were at home, authorities said. Investigators wouldn't say whether the parents were threatened or saw the kidnappers.

The parents received a phone call the same night and were told to pay $200,000 for the child's return, investigators said.

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