Woman who lured two men to kidnapping sentenced to life terms

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A woman who on two occasions lured men to locations in
San Diego County where they were beaten and held for ransom by members of the
Mexico-based Los Palillos gang was sentenced Friday to life in prison without
the possibility of parole.

Nancy Mendoza Moreno, 25, was convicted of multiple counts of kidnapping
for ransom with bodily injury and conspiracy to commit kidnapping for ransom
in the 2007 abductions of Jorge Garcia Vasquez, brother-in-law of notorious
cartel financier Jesus “Chuy” Labra, and wealthy businessman Eduardo Gonzalez-
Tostado.

Authorities said a then-19-year-old Mendoza Moreno met Garcia Vasquez,
who was in his 50s, at a gym and asked him to be her trainer. One day in early
2007, the victim accompanied the defendant on what he thought was an errand and
was jumped at a traffic stop and taken to a stash house. Garcia was eventually
released after ransom was paid.

The defendant met her second victim, Gonzalez-Tostado, at a coffee shop
on June 8, 2007, and immediately lured him to a Chula Vista home with a false
hope that the two would be intimate. Instead, Gonzalez-Tostado was beaten by
masked gunmen wearing police uniforms.

The gunmen turned out to be members of the Mexican gang Los Palillos,
authorities said.

After the victim's family came up with nearly $194,000 to pay for
Gonzalez-Tostado's safe return, a tracking device was placed in a container
with the money, ultimately leading to his rescue on June 16, 2007, and the
defendant's arrest.

Jurors acquitted Mendoza Moreno of a third kidnapping-for-ransom.
Authorities said the kidnappers netted about $1 million in ransom from that
October 2006 kidnapping and the kidnapping of Garcia Vasquez.

Several members of the Los Palillos gang have also been convicted in
connection with the kidnappings.

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