- Associated Press - Thursday, April 21, 2016

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Police say a Las Vegas man faces charges for luring a friend into an attempted robbery after staging his own kidnapping with two accomplices who were killed in the confrontation.

Henderson police said Wednesday that Brian Kleynen, 38, faces kidnapping, robbery, conspiracy and weapons charges for the April 12 kidnapping that ended with a fatal shooting and car crash and fire on a quiet suburban street.

Authorities say Kleynen contacted his friend for help that night.

When the friend arrived, he found Lanard Lafare Wilson Jr., 34, and Selvy Auston, 25, in the front seat ordering him to get into a blue Nissan Altima, Henderson police said. The friend had refused but then got in once he saw Kleynen zip-tied in the back seat.

The three men then zip-tied the friend to a headrest and demanded access to the Las Vegas jewelry store where he worked. But the friend broke free as they drove to his home to get the store keys, police said.

He then used a concealed firearm and shot multiple times, killing the accomplices. The Clark County Coroner’s offices said Wilson and Auston died of multiple gunshot wounds. Their deaths were ruled homicides.

The car going at a slow speed then went off the roadway and crashed into a pillar on the side on a single-family house and the car’s engine caught fire, police said. The friend and Kleynen survived the confrontation and were treated at the scene for minor injuries.

At the time, police said they were trying to figure out what happened and that both surviving men were cooperating.

Kleynen was arrested a week later on Tuesday. He is being held in jail but it’s unclear if he has an attorney.

Police said they’ve determined that the friend acted in self-defense and won’t face any charges.

Police also said that the two men killed had known criminal histories, including a gang affiliation.

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