Two Auburn teens arrested on kidnapping charges

Suspects allegedly threatened to shoot
By: Jenifer Gee Journal News Editor
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Two Auburn teens are out on bail after they were arrested on kidnapping charges by Nevada County law enforcement. Dylan Taylor Chavoya, 18, and Soloman Michael Rigney, 19, were each jailed in Nevada County Feb. 5 on felony charges of kidnapping, criminal conspiracy and committing a felony while armed. The two teenagers allegedly met up with a 29-year-old Lake of the Pines resident who was taking a smoke break near the Auburn Gymnastics Center located on the 11000 block of C Avenue in Auburn. The two may have thought the 29-year-old man might have known a way for them to acquire drugs or money, according to Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal. While driving in one of the suspect’s vehicles, the two teens talked about how if they were to be stopped by the cops, it would result in a shootout, Royal said. That’s when the victim asked to get out of the car. Instead, Chavoya and Rigney allegedly told him they’d shoot him if he left, Royal said. The victim reportedly convinced the two to drive him to a friend’s house in Lake of the Pines so he could get his cell phone charger. Once outside of a residence on Torrey Pines Drive in Lake of the Pines, the victim reportedly took off running and called 911 from his friend’s home. Chavoya and Rigney followed him and were outside the friend’s house until they heard sirens. The suspects took off running. Deputies searched the area and called in help from the Placer County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit and the California Highway Patrol helicopter. A deputy found the Ruger 9mm handgun the suspects had in their car under a bush on a nearby trail. Royal said the firearm had 13 live rounds inside. “Fortunately he collected the gun,” Royal said. “It did have ammunition in it. No child found it, which was good.” Royal said the helicopter spotted the two suspects in a field at Bear River High School, which sits across from the gated housing development. Chavoya and Rigney again tried to run from law enforcement officers but were caught. Royal said no injuries were reported. Reach Jenifer Gee at