- Associated Press - Friday, December 26, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Police arrested two men on Friday in the kidnapping of an 11-year-old boy and the theft of his family’s car from an apartment complex parking lot near Park City.

The boy was home safe after the ordeal that started when his mother sent him to the car to get a cellphone shortly after midnight, Summit County sheriff’s Capt. Justin Martinez said.

The robbers approached the boy and tried to rob him, Martinez said. When they realized he didn’t have any money, they took two cellphones and the keys to the car.

The boy’s hooded sweatshirt was pulled over his eyes and he was thrown in the back of the car as the robbers threatened to shoot him, Martinez said.

The men drove to two convenience stores trying to buy beer but were turned away because Summit County doesn’t allow beer sales after midnight. So they drove to a store in Park City.

The boy’s mother called police when he didn’t return and she discovered the car was missing. Park City police officers heard deputies discussing the case on a radio and noticed the car near the back of a convenience store.

After the officers pulled the car over, the two men ran before being arrested. The boy was found about 90 minutes after he was taken.

“That’s really what saved this little boy,” Martinez said. “They stopped something worse from happening.”

Gustavo Vasquez-Nava, 19, and Ruben Anthony Morales, 28, were arrested on suspicion of kidnapping, aggravated robbery and other charges. No attorneys were immediately listed for them in court records.

Vasquez-Nava pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia earlier this year. Morales is wanted on a probation violation warrant in Arizona.

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