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3 Douglas men accused in alleged kidnapping plot

DOUGLAS -- Southern Arizona authorities say three Douglas men are in custody in connection with an alleged kidnapping plot.

Cochise County Sheriff's officials say 35-year-old Francisco Parra, his 33-year-old brother Erik Parra and 34-year-old Gabriel Owen all are being held on a $500,000 cash bond.

They've been booked on suspicion of aggravated robbery, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, extortion, kidnapping for ransom, unlawful imprisonment and weapons charges.

A man told authorities he was looking at a house as a possible investment near Douglas with a friend Wednesday.

Once inside the home, the man claims he and his friend were assaulted by two masked men but managed to flee.

Authorities say the Parra brothers and Owens allegedly planned to kidnap the victims and demand more than $1 million ransom from their families.

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