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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- Three people are in custody today in Colorado after a man was pulled over by a supposed police vehicle and robbed and his nine passengers kidnapped.
San Juan County Sheriff Mike Lacy says the robbery appears to be connected with one last month and another in December where drivers were pulled over by an S-U-V with red and blue lights in the grille.
The victims in all three robberies were Mexican nationals.
The nine passengers were undocumented Mexican nationals.
Robbers forced a man to stop, then commandeered his van. Followed by the S-U-V, the van was taken to an isolated dirt road where the man was robbed at gunpoint.
Aound 4-thirty this morning, Mesa County, Colorado, authorities arrested three people and recovered the van and the S-U-V, whose fog lights had been painted red and blue.
Lacy says he believes the nine passengers are being held in Grand Junction, Colorado. A Mesa County sheriff's sergeant declined to comment.
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