San Rafael police have arrested a brother, sister and another man in connection with two crimes earlier this month in which the victims were kidnapped and robbed. In both cases, a female driver lured the victim into a car, where the victim was robbed by two armed men, police said.The three suspects, who were all arrested Tuesday, are Rodolfo Tovar, 22; his sister Alejandra Marisol Tovar 39; and Erwin Paxtor, 34. Pastor is a San Rafael resident and the Tovar siblings live in Novato. Paxtor was taken into custody in front of his home in the 100 block of Nova Albion Way and the Tovars were arrested on Enfrente Drive in Novato, police spokeswoman Margo Rohrbacher said.The first kidnapping occurred at about 10:15 p.m. on March 13 in the parking lot of Club 101 on Francisco Boulevard West in San Rafael.The victim, a man, told police a woman in a green sport utility vehicle called out to him as he walked by her car, Rohrbacher said. He approached the SUV and two men armed with knives forced him into the back seat, drove him to Novato, robbed him of cash and a debit card and pushed him out of the car in the 7000 block of Redwood Boulevard, Rohrbacher said.The second incident occurred on March 22 when a woman waiting for a bus on San Rafael’s Canal Street at about 8:45 a.m. was offered a ride by another woman in a dark SUV, Rohrbacher said. The woman drove the victim to a Burger King parking lot where two masked men armed with a gun and knife jumped in the back seat with her, Rohrbacher said.The suspects drove to Santa Venetia, robbed the woman of her purse and bank account information and let her out of the car in a residential neighborhood, Rohrbacher said.Police reviewed video recorded at a bank ATM where the victims’ debit cards were used and followed other leads to identify the suspects, Rohrbacher said.They were booked into Marin County jail for kidnapping for ransom, use of a stolen credit card, and receiving stolen property. They are being held on $500,000 bail each and are scheduled to be arraigned Thursday afternoon.Detectives are reviewing reports of other similar crimes in Marin County and also believe there may be other such crimes in which the victims have not contacted police, Rohrbacher said.
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