SALT LAKE CITY — Two men accused of kidnapping a teen boy at gunpoint whom they believed “egged” their vehicles now face serious charges.
Albert Schuster, 27, and Lance Malologa Sauvao Elenio, 25, both of Kearns, were charged Friday in 3rd District Court with aggravated kidnapping, a first-degree felony, and aggravated assault, a third-degree felony.
On Tuesday, about 1:15 a.m., someone threw eggs at vehicles belonging to Schuster and Elenio that were parked in their driveway in Kearns, according to charging documents.
Approximately 90 minutes later, a 14-year-old boy was walking by their house, when the two men, along with two juvenile nephews, started chasing him, the charges state.
“Two of the younger males had machetes, the two older males had handguns,” according to the charges.
The group caught the boy and accused him of egging their property, the charges state, though the boy denied it. The group took the boy back to his house and along the way, one man “put a gun to his head and racked the slide on the handgun and said, ‘I want to kill you right here in the driveway,’” the charges state.
No one answered the boy’s door when he knocked, though police later learned his mother saw him through the window being held at gunpoint, according to the charges. By the time she got to the door the group was gone.
The group then took the boy back to their residence where he was again threatened by all four suspects, according to charging documents.
“(The boy) believes the only reason he was not shot at that time was because a female had come out of the house and questioned what was going on,” the charges state.
Approximately 30 minutes later, the boy was released and returned home. When police were called, they found him “very frightened” in his bedroom “crying in a fetal position,” according to the charges.
When questioned by police, Elenio claimed the guns and machetes were for self-defense, “but admitted that all four of them were much larger than the kid and they could have hurt him without weapons,” the charges state.
It was not immediately known Friday if the juveniles allegedly holding machetes were also charged.