A sentencing date was set in San Mateo County Superior Court this morning for a 23-year-old man convicted of kidnapping and holding a store owner at gunpoint for 18 hours in 2007.Saul Davila, who faces nine to 12 years in prison for the April 7, 2007, kidnapping, is expected to be sentenced June 5, after he has testified against another man who was also allegedly involved in the kidnapping, Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said. Davila and Arnulfo Barajas Loza, 42, along with a third suspect who has not been caught, are believed to have followed the victim to his home in Redwood City where they kidnapped him and held him at knifepoint and gunpoint, according to Wagstaffe.During the 18 hours the victim was held captive, the suspects allegedly demanded all the money the victim was able to collect from the four stores he owned, Wagstaffe said.The day after the victim was kidnapped, his family reported him missing. Police set up a sting to deliver ransom to the suspects, but one of the suspects saw the officers and fled, according to Wagstaffe.The victim was released, uninjured, in San Jose later that day, Wagstaffe said.Davila and Loza were arrested the next day after they allegedly called the victim and demanded money. Police set up another sting in which the victim delivered $23,000 to Davila and police followed and eventually arrested the suspects, according to Wagstaffe.Davila has pleaded no contest to kidnapping charges and admitted to using a gun in exchange for a nine to 12 year prison sentence, Wagstaffe said. He also agreed to testify in Loza’s trial, scheduled to begin April 20.Loza, who is charged with kidnapping for purposes of robbery and gun use, has pleaded not guilty, Wagstaffe said. He faces 17 years to life in prison if convicted.Both men remain in custody without bail.
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