Sam Morris / Las Vegas Sun
Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012 | 10:09 a.m.
A preliminary hearing for the men accused of abducting a 17-year-old Henderson girl earlier this month has been delayed.
Three of the four men suspected of taking part in the kidnapping appeared Thursday morning in Henderson Justice Court, but the court agreed to a delay their preliminary hearing until all four suspects and their attorneys could be present. They will meet Oct. 3 to set a new date for a preliminary hearing.
Three suspects — Mariano Sanchez-Sanchez, 26, Alejandro Manuel Sanchez-Sanchez, 25; and Cesar Sanchez, 30 — allegedly kidnapped Melissa Duran from her Henderson home in the early morning hours of Sept. 1 and later demanded ransom for her safe return.
The abduction set off a massive search by law enforcement that ended 21 hours later when police found Duran bound, blindfolded and alone in a bathroom inside a Las Vegas apartment.
Henderson Police officers arrested Alejandro Manuel Sanchez-Sanchez and Cesar Sanchez at a nearby apartment unit that same day. In the days after, officers arrested two more men: Mariano Sanchez-Sanchez and Jose Sanchez-Perez.
Alejandro Sanchez-Sanchez, Mariano Sanchez-Sanchez and Jose Sanchez-Perez are accused of kidnapping Duran and demanding the ransom. Cesar Sanchez allegedly let the other three men use his car, which later was found burned near Sunrise Mountain, for the kidnapping.
Sanchez-Perez, who was extradited from California, previously worked at a landscaping business owned by the victim’s father.