Sacramento Kidnapping Suspect Denies Playing Role In Ransoming Woman

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A woman accused of taking part in kidnapping a woman and holding her for ransom says she didn’t have anything to do with the kidnapping.

Violeta Rivas-Corleta admits she’s in big trouble.

“If I could back and do something about it I would have helped her out,” she said.

She and her friend Anthony Meza are accused by Sacramento Police of kidnapping a young woman and holding her for ransom at an apartment complex on El Camino Avenue.

Rivas-Corleta denies having a role in the kidnapping.

“I didn’t know what was going on,” she said.

Someone in the neighborhood got involved and called 911. Police saved her, and consider her a possible victim of human trafficking.

Some are happy to see the arrest, calling the complex sketchy.

“I’m not Pinocchio, so I keep my nose in my own business,” said neighbor Patricia Bailey.

Rivas-Corleta says she saw the victim in the apartment crying, but claims she had nothing to do with the kidnapping.

“I never talked to her, I never threatened her, I never kidnapped her, I never did anything to her,” she said.

Both sides will be given an opportunity to tell their side of the story to a judge later this week. The suspects are being held on $1 million bail.


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