SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Two men were arrested Friday for allegedly abducting the wife and daughter of the owner of the San Jose Earthquakes soccer team in a bungled scheme to collect more than $1 million in ransom, police said.
Assistant San Jose Police Chief Stan Horton said Carlos Resendez and Guy Calderon were held on kidnap, robbery and auto theft charges.
The arrest follows an intensive weeklong manhunt for three men who attempted to kidnap Mary Ann Berg and her eight-year-old daughter, Kara. Mrs. Berg is the wife of Carl Berg, a local industrial real estate developer and owner of the San Jose Earthquakes.
Police said the third suspect was at large.
On Aug. 19, Mrs. Berg and her daughter were home alone when a man disguised as a police officer knocked at the door.
He said he was looking for a burglary suspect.
Once Mrs Berg opened the door, two other men barged in.
The three men apparently were waiting for Mrs. Berg's husband to come home but he was out of town on business.
The men became impatient and stuffed the handcuffed mother and daughter into the trunk of the Bergs' car and drove to South San Jose.
The car eventually got stuck in a muddy field and the kidnappers fled on foot after handcuffing Mrs. Berg to the steering wheel.
The woman promptly drove away. Neither she or her daughter were harmed.
A police spokesman said 'more than a $1 million' in ransom had been sought but the demand was never delivered.