Santa Rosa man arrested in marijuana-related kidnapping after standoff with police

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Following an armed search and standoff with officers Saturday afternoon, a Santa Rosa man was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping two brothers over a marijuana deal that went awry, police said.

Juan Canchola, 24, was arrested after a standoff with officers at a residential property in the 4200 block of Sebastopol Road, according to Santa Rosa Police Sgt. Kyle Philp.

No shots were fired during the noon-time operation near the intersection with South Wright Road. Police sent out a Nixle alert shortly before 1 p.m, asking people to avoid the area. About a dozen neighbors were allowed to return to their homes before 2 p.m.

The search involved a heavy police presence, including a tactical armored vehicle.

Canchola and the two brothers — whom police did not identify — had allegedly been part of a marijuana deal that took a wrong turn after some of the plants were stolen, according to officers. Canchola had blamed the brothers and kidnapped them for ransom because he had to pay off the debt for the deal,

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