Three Men Charged In Kidnapping, Torture, Sexual Mutilation of Medical Marijuana Dispensary Owner

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Orange County District Attorney
Kyle Shirakawa Handley
The Orange County District Attorney's office has charged three men with the most heinous act in the annals of California's medical marijuana industry. It's a case that sounds less like actual news than a brutal story line from a television show such as Breaking Bad.

The crime allegedly took place in October 2012, when the victim, the owner of a "lucrative" medical marijuana dispensary in Orange County--authorities aren't releasing his name or that of his dispensary because of the nature of the crime--took several marijuana growers to "an extravagant and expensive weekend" in Las Vegas. One of those growers is Kyle Shirakawa Handley, who was arrested in October 2012 for what happened next. He is alleged to have told the three defendants arrested this week--Ryan Anthony Kervorkian, Naomi Josette Kervorkian, and Hossein Nayeri--that the owner was extremely rich. The defendants then surveilled the owner for several weeks, noting that he was taking numerous trips to the desert. They believed that, like Walter White, he'd buried a large amount of cash in the desert.

This set in motion a horrific series of events. Read on at your own peril.

On Oct. 2, 2012, Handley, Nayeri, and Kevorkian allegedly kidnapped the victim and his girlfriend, who happened to be with him at the time, zip-tied his wrists together, tortured him and "severely" beat him. They stole a "large amount" of cash from his home, and stuffed the couple in a van, which they proceeded to drive to the desert location where they believed he'd hidden more money.

Here's where things get downright medieval, the DA's office says.

The defendants "are accused of continuing to torture John Doe throughout the drive by burning him with a blow torch," the agency's press release states. "Once in the desert, the defendants are accused of sexually mutilating the victim by cutting off his penis. They are accused of pouring bleach on the victim in an effort to destroy any DNA evidence and dumping both victims on the side of the road."

Although they did not harm the girlfriend, "Handley, Nayeri, and Ryan Kevorkian are accused of fleeing the scene and taking the victim's penis with them so that it could never be reattached." The woman "ran over a mile to a main road in the dark, while still bound with zip ties, and flagged down a police car."

The victim spent an "extensive period of time in the hospital recovering from his injuries," the DA says. Handley was arrested shortly after the crime occurred. Despite their apparent efforts to destroy DNA evidence, they didn't succeed, and after collecting samples from the crime scene, Newport Beach police were able to link the defendants to the crime. The Kervorkians were arrested last week in Fresno, and Nayeri, who spent several months in Iran, was arrested in Prague, Czech Republic, while flying to visit relatives in Spain.

The FBI also assisted in the investigation. Veteran OC homicide prosecutor Matt Murphy will be handling the trial. All four defendants face life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted.

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danmainaird420
danmainaird420

Ryan and Naomi are currently in jail, awaiting their court date. But don't worry, if they ever set foot outside of jail, they will be killed. I can promise you that. Not personally, of course. Don't be silly.

danmaynard420
danmaynard420

If marijuana was legal at the Federal level then dispensaries would not be forced to act as cash only businesses and crimes like this wouldn't happen. The victims money would have been safely deposited in a bank removing all motive for this disgusting kidnapping and robbery. The Federal Government is to blame for this crime. Now with legal sales in Colorado and soon in Washington state be prepared to hear about this happening more, until the Federal Government allows these businesses to use banks. The state of Colorado is allowed to put the tax it collects on marijuana sales into Federal banks, so why can't the business owners use banks as well?

untouchable
untouchable

these idiots couldn't hack it in life so they had to resort to this. Thanks Darwin...

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

Torturing someone with a blow torch is one thing but cutting someone's penis off is a violation of the man code. Unless a person is a sex offender, that is crossing the line as something acceptable for a man to do to another man. Not surprising that someone with a middle name of Shirakawa would act in such a dishonorable manner though. 

Bonnie Kennedy
Bonnie Kennedy

Are you crazy? You think marijuana caused this? How do you figure? This crime was motivated by greed, which has its roots in a materialistic culture. It says nowhere that he was brutally tortured for his weed or for selling it. They intended to steal money from him. If you think this has anything to do with pot, ur just not thinking clearly/ trying to find a reason to be against pot. Grow up and see this crime for what it is. Greedy people with no moral compass doing terrible things for no good reason. They deserve the most severe punishment, but please have some respect and keep your STUPID political commentary to yourself. It doesn't make sense and you trying to pretend it does/ use this horrible crime to push your political agenda, just makes you look like an asshole.

Bonnie Kennedy
Bonnie Kennedy

Just kill them. This is one of the worst crimes ive ever heard of, inspired by pure greed. We do not need these people on this planet. im not big on the death penalty, but i cant see how these people deserve anything less. they showed no mercy and their motive was so completely selfish, meaningless. Fucking kill them. Who needs to pay a dime keeping these pieces of shit alive.

Greg Flint
Greg Flint

The same thing has happened to bank managers, jewelry shop owners and anybody that has access to large amounts of money.

Paul Lucas
Paul Lucas

Jeff yore a chicken head. Or maybe worse, a cop.

Jerry Vazquez
Jerry Vazquez

There is Millions of dollars in police enforcement and jails that is why many of these people want to keep MJ illegal so that they can keep getting there money.

Jerry Vazquez
Jerry Vazquez

Were the criminals who killed millions of indians on drugs i think not they wanted there land.

Jerry Vazquez
Jerry Vazquez

The worlds worst criminals never used any drugs.

Insomnio Somnolence
Insomnio Somnolence

No it was #GREED plain and simple with a dash of #DECEIT & #OPPORTUNITY If it was the #POTSHOPS then we should get rid of #MONEY it only brings bad bad things #LOL Why didn't they try and hit an armor truck or Fort Knox or better yet #CRACK a network ??? Cause it takes #SKILLZ and several pairs of #COJONES #ARGHARGHARGH

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

If dispensaries were treated the same as liquor stores this probably wouldn't have happened.

Steve Manciet
Steve Manciet

I agree, get rid of those damned pot stores. I knew trouble would come when they got here?

Steve Manciet
Steve Manciet

See!!! get rid of those damned pot stores. Only brings trouble!

Jeff Rey
Jeff Rey

You're wrong! Especilly if you're also a pot head druggie! Bugger off my reply!

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

What a heinous crime! Kidnapping, torture and mutilation...for some MONEY? And folks still roll their eyes at me when I say I think money really IS the root of all evil. :-(

Jed Spellum
Jed Spellum

You're wrong! Large amounts of cash is what brought bad, bad things. They wanted the cash and they would do almost anything to steal it.

Jeff Rey
Jeff Rey

one of many reasons why marijuana ought to be illegal across the land! It brings bad bad things.

Paul Lucas
Paul Lucas

if the treated dispensaries the same as they did as liquor stores this probably would not have happened.

Jill Zimmerman
Jill Zimmerman

He deserves the same treatment he did to that guy, if not more. What a sick human being!

20ftjesus
20ftjesus topcommenter

@FishWithoutBicycle ...or perhaps a lack of brain cells.  These nitwits all got together, cut off the dude's penis, then didn't kill him, and left a witness.  

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

@Jeff Rey

This crime had nothing to do with weed and everything to do with three greedy psychopaths who tortured and mutilated a man for his MONEY.  

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