Arraignment set for suspects accused of pushing victims off bridge

Nathaniel Garcia

Three people accused of kidnapping two men and making them jump
off Hecker Pass bridge in October could soon face a jury trial if
efforts to settle the case continue to stall, said Steve Lowney,
Santa Clara County deputy district attorney.
Three people accused of kidnapping two men and making them jump off Hecker Pass bridge in October could soon face a jury trial if efforts to settle the case continue to stall, said Steve Lowney, Santa Clara County deputy district attorney.

Catrina Cameron, 22, Tamaya Duenas, 23, and Nathaniel Garcia, 22 have each been charged with two counts of attempted premeditated murder and kidnapping to commit robbery. The charges potentially carry life sentences, Lowney said.

All have pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The three will be arraigned at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18 at the South County Courthouse in Morgan Hill where a trial date is expected to be set.

Not much progress has been made during talks between the prosecution and the defense counsel, Lowney said.

“There have been plenty of discussions, but no agreements to settle a case short of trial,” he said.

According to court documents, Cameron, Garcia and Duenas lured Jose Hernandez and Fernando Aguilar into Duenas’ apartment Oct. 25.

According to the Gilroy Police Department, the three defendants were waiting with guns and knives and stole the victims’ cell phones, jewelry and wallets. They then kidnapped the victims in Hernandez’s truck and forced the two to make cash withdrawals of $500 and $600 from ATMs, according to police.

The victims then were bound, blindfolded and driven to Sprig Lake off Hecker Pass Road in unincorporated Gilroy where they were allegedly pushed off the 15-foot bridge, according to police.

According to GPD Sgt. Chad Gallacinao, the victims’ injuries were not life-threatening and they were able to call police at 5:32 a.m. Oct. 25.

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