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Man brought to justice after cutting off private parts of wealthy man in botched robbery

By Mason White 1:46 PM September 18, 2014
Hossein Nayeri 

By: Sanvi Rizvi
(Scroll down for video) A man is behind bars without bail after he fled the United States along with three other men following a horrific crime.

The three men were accused for kidnapping, torture and sexual mutilation of a marijuana dispensary owner while trying to steal his money.

One of the suspects, 35-year-old Hossein Nayeri, fled to Iran and was arrested while traveling to Spain. He was finally extradited and returned to the United States, and will face charges in California.

All defendants of Santa Ana, have been arrested for the kidnapping of the marijuana dispensary owner, who allegedly buried a large amount of cash in the desert.

Defendant Hossein Nayeri, 34, was on the run for over two years, but was finally arrested.

All defendants were charged with two felony counts of kidnapping for ransom and one felony count each of aggravated mayhem, torture, and first degree residential burglary with a sentencing enhancement for inflicting great bodily injury.

All defendants are being held without bail and face a maximum sentence of life in state prison without the possibility of parole if convicted.

The incident began when the victim took several marijuana growers to Las Vegas, Nevada, for an extravagant and expensive weekend. Handley was amongst the growers who participated in the trip.

After the trip, Handley allegedly told the other men that the victim was extremely wealthy. The defendants are accused of devising a plan to kidnap and rob the victim.

Weeks prior to the kidnapping, the defendants used video surveillance to monitor the victim’s home and followed him as he made frequent trips to the desert.

The victim drove to the desert to discuss a possible investment deal, but the defendants wrongly believed that the victim was driving to the desert to bury large amounts of cash.

One day, the suspects entered the victim’s home with the intent to kidnap and rob him. Once inside, they kidnapped the victim and his girlfriend.

They placed the victims in a van, ransacked his home and took a large amount of cash. The defendants then drove the victims to the desert near the area where they believed he was hiding money.

They tortured the man by burning him with a blowtorch. When they did not find money in the desert, the defendants cut off his private parts and poured bleach on the victim in an effort to destroy any DNA evidence.

They dumped both victims on the side of the road. A police officer found them. The man spent an extensive period of time at a hospital recovering from his injuries.