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Vallejo kidnapping for ransom case leads police to Sacramento

Elvira Babb, 57, kidnapping victim.
Elvira Babb, 57, kidnapping victim.

Four suspects in a Vallejo kidnapping for ransom case were arrested Friday night in the Sacramento area, and the 57-year-old female victim remains missing.

The Vallejo Police Department said it received a call July 1 that Elvira Babb had been kidnapped for ransom. Babb’s son, John Babb, said that he had received a text message the previous night demanding money and threatening his mother’s life if he did not comply or if he reached out to police.

John Babb went to his mother’s house and found her missing and her dog dead. Police believe his mother was last seen safe by a co-worker who dropped her off June 29 after they finished their shift at a Vallejo market.

Authorities have not found Elvira Babb. Vallejo police have been working with the FBI, as well as the Sacramento and Fairfield police departments, Solano County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Marshals Service.

Emmanuel Espinoza, 26, of Stockton was arrested Friday night in the Sacramento area, according to Vallejo police.

Police also arrested two Sacramento residents as associates: Jalon Brown, 32, and Larry Young, 23. A fourth person, Lovely Rauzol, 27, of Vallejo was also taken into custody. It was not immediately clear Saturday if Brown, Young and Rauzol were arrested in Sacramento.

All four were booked into Solano County jail on suspicion of kidnapping for ransom, Vallejo police said.

“We definitely have the primary suspects,” said Lt. Jeff Bassett, a Vallejo police spokesman. “If there are others, the suspects aren’t cooperating with us.”

Detectives say Babb may be in the Sacramento-Stockton area, but they aren’t ruling out other locations, Bassett said.

Detectives encourage anyone with additional information about the case to contact the Vallejo police at 707-648-4080.

Nashelly Chavez: 916-321-1188, @nashellytweets

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