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Trio accused of holding two teens against their will in Point Arena

An investigation into two teen girls being held against their will during a drunken party in Point Arena led to three North Coast residents going to the Mendocino County Jail, said a county sheriff's official Wednesday.

The suspects barricaded a door with furniture and yelled obscenities and threats at deputies, who were telling them to send the girls out of the house or face charges, according to a press release about the incident.

Deputies were called to the Riverside Drive home early Sunday due to reports of a loud party. Also arriving was a relative of the teens who told deputies the girls had been texting him, asking for help as they weren't able to leave, according to a press release.

As more law enforcement officers arrived at the house, the three suspects came outside and were taken into custody.

Jaime Portillo, 20, of Sea Ranch and Mitchell Kespohl, 18, and William Canida, 18, both of Point Arena were arrested on suspicion of false imprisonment, resisting officers and being drunk in public.

Their bail was set at $20,000 each.

The 16-year-old girls went home with the relative.


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