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2 arrests after LA designer goes missing

July 31, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Two people have been arrested in connection to the disappearance of an L.A. designer missing since July 20, and authorities are looking for a third suspect.Twenty-nine-year-old designer Elias Sorokin went missing after a business trip to Northern California. He was reportedly last seen in Santa Cruz.

In a press release, detectives believe Sorokin was kidnapped and robbed in the course of a pre-arranged marijuana transaction at a residence in Santa Cruz. Police are treating the case as a homicide investigation.

Santa Cruz police arrested Stewart Skuba and Kenneth Klamp, each 29-year-old Santa Cruz residents. Skuba is being charged with kidnapping with the intent to commit robbery. Clamp is currently being charged with a parole violation.

A third suspect, Adam Hunt, a 29-year-old resident of Watsonville, is also charged with kidnapping with the intent to commit robbery. There is a $1 million arrest warrant for Hunt. It is unknown if Hunt is armed, but he is considered dangerous.

Two days after Sorokin went missing, police say someone unsuccessfully tried to use his check card at a Target store in Watsonville. Two days later, a woman tried to cash one of Sorokin's business checks at a Bank of America in Santa Cruz. Police say the woman left when the bank teller called Sorokin's business for verification.

On Wednesday, Sorokin's burnt-out truck of was discovered in an unincorporated, mountainous area of Santa Cruz County near Bonny Doon.

The L.A.P.D. is assisting Santa Cruz police in the missing person search. Anyone with information should call (213) 485-5381.

Friends and family are also offering a $20,000 reward for any information leading to Sorokin's whereabouts.

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