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Pico Rivera couple kidnapped; suspect sought

Javier Francis, 49, is seen in this undated file photo. He is wanted in connection with the kidnapping of a couple from Pico Rivera on May 13, 2012.

May 30, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
A manhunt is under way for a fourth suspect involved in the kidnapping of a Pico Rivera couple who disappeared May 13.

Deputies say the husband was held and tortured for five days inside a garage in the 8800 block of Clarinda Avenue. The wife was released and ordered to return with $6,000 for the safe release of her husband, who eventually escaped.

Three Rivera 13 gang members were arrested May 23 in connection with the kidnapping. It's reportedly linked to an unpaid debt.

Police are still searching for 49-year-old Javier Francis. The other three suspects are set to appear in court on June 8.