RED BLUFF, Calif. – A Red Bluff man was arrested after authorities said he kidnapped a prominent businessman’s son for ransom Tuesday evening.
It started Tuesday around 9:30 p.m. when the Tehama County Sheriff’s Office said they received a report from a woman who had also been involved in the attempted kidnapping around Cone Grove Park.
The suspect, 37-year-old Andrew Cornelius Loewen, was seen by responding deputies speeding off from the park in a gold-colored SUV. Deputies chased Loewen throughout Highway 99E, and said they saw him throw what appeared to be a gun from his car.
Loewen finally yielded on Highway 36E near Stice Road. Once Loewen was pulled over, deputies said they located an adult male victim restrained inside his car.
Deputies said they learned the male victim was the son of a prominent businessman in the area who had previously employed Loewen. Loewen went to the property where the male victim and a woman were working and restrained them both. However, he only forced the male victim into his vehicle, according to the sheriff’s office. Loewen then left a ransom note demanding a large amount of money for the male victim’s release and sped off.
The woman, who Loewen left behind, was able to free herself from the restraints and call the Tehama County Sheriff’s Office for help.
Loewen was arrested on several charges including kidnapping for ransom, false imprisonment, and assault with a deadly weapon. He was booked into the Tehama County Jail and his bail is set at $2 million.
Deputies told Action News Now both victims were not injured during the kidnapping.