Suspect in custody after alleged South Lake Tahoe kidnapping

Casillas mugshot courtesy South Lake Tahoe Police
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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (KOLO) - A kidnapping suspect is in custody following a domestic violence investigation in South Lake Tahoe.

23-year-old Moises Gomez Casillas is accused of beating his girlfriend, then kidnapping her two days later.

This all stemmed from a domestic violence incident March 9, 2019 at a South Lake Tahoe Hotel near Stateline. Police found a woman who said Casillas had beaten and strangled her multiple times and destroyed her cell phone.

Casillas had left the hotel, but an emergency protective order was granted to protect the woman.

March 11, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office called South Lake Tahoe Police saying the same woman from the domestic violence incident had been kidnapped from Harvey's Casino by Casillas and was headed into California.

The investigation led detectives to an apartment in the 4100 block of Manzanita Avenue in South Lake Tahoe. Police say Casillas has a troubled history including arrests for domestic violence, public intoxication and gang affiliation, so they called in SWAT and Crisis Negotiation teams to assist.

As officers approached the apartment, the victim escaped and was rescued by detectives. The SWAT team served a search and arrest warrant and arrested Casillas who was inside.

Inside the 200-square foot studio apartment, detectives also found 44-year-old Adolfina Martinez and her daughter, 24-year-old Dulce Antonio. Martinez and Antonio had younger children in the home. Detectives also found marijuana, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

Due to the condition of the apartment and the accessibility to drugs and drug paraphernalia, detectives arrested Martinez and Antonio for child endangerment and possession of a controlled substance. All three children were taken into protective custody by El Dorado County Child Protective Services.

Casillas mugshot courtesy South Lake Tahoe Police
Martinez mugshot courtesy South Lake Tahoe Police
Antonio mugshot courtesy South Lake Tahoe Police