Two are arrested in kidnapping

THE VAN used in the incident (WPD photo).

A home invasion and kidnapping Thursday in Westminster  ended with the arrest of two suspects and rescue of two children.

According to Sgt. Eddie Esqueda of the WPD, Bich Dao Vo (also known as Michelle Rodriguez), 30,  of Westminster and Michael Alexander Rodriguez, 26, of Garden Grove are being held in Orange County Jail and face charges of kidnapping, assault with a firearm, robbery, false imprisonment, child endangerment and being a felon in possession of a firearm.


At around 2:37 a.m., Westminster police were dispatched to the 14300 block of Pine Street (near Westminster High School) regarding a report of a kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon.

Arriving officers found a man and woman bleeding from head injuries. They told police that two persons, one armed with a handgun, forced their way into the home and demanded money.

A 14-year-old girl and a 6-month old baby were also in the home.

The male suspect allegedly pistol-whipped both adult victims when there was no money found. The victims – at gunpoint – were then forced into a van parked outside and driven to a hotel in Costa Mesa.


There the suspects, according to police, threatened to kill the victims if they did not get money, but the two victims were able to escape the room, leaving the children behind.

From there, they returned to the home on Pine Street and called 911.

With the help of the Costa Mesa Police Department, the children were found uninjured inside the hotel room. WPD patrol officers spotted the suspect van in the area of Goldenwest Street and Westminster Boulevard, stopped the vehicle and took the suspects into custody.

Inside the van police found a loaded .40-caliber handgun and a loaded AK-47 style rifle. Rodriguez and Vo – who is related to the adult female victim – were taken to jail.

The investigation is ongoing and WPD detectives urge anyone with more information to contact the department’s Major Crimes Unit at (714) 548-3773.

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