Realtor Kidnapping Suspect Arraignment Date Reset

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Amilya Barcenas (Washington County Detention Center)

FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – A woman accused of kidnapping a real estate agent at gunpoint had her arraignment reset on Wednesday (May 27), officials say.

Amilya Barcenas, 25, was charged with attempted kidnapping and aggravated robbery, according to the Washington County Prosecutor’s Office.

Her arraignment was reset to June 3, officials said.

The real estate agent told police she had an appointment on April 24 to show a house on Hidden Creek Drive to a woman named “Makayla,” according to a court document. The victim said she was preparing paperwork when Makayla pulled a gun out of a diaper bag and pointed it at her, demanding she withdrew money from an ATM, the document states.

Makayla threw a zip tie on the counter and told the victim to tie herself with it because she needed to go to an ATM to withdraw some money, according to the document. The victim refused and pleaded with Makayla to put the gun away, the document states. When the suspect briefly set the gun down, the victim  made her escape by running to a nearby home.

Officers got a physical and clothing description from the victim and began searching the neighborhood for the suspect, the document states. Police eventually found a man and woman driving slowly through the neighborhood where the incident happened. The driver told officers the woman in his vehicle had come to his house asking for help finding her husband and child, according to the document.

The woman said her name was Amilya Barcenas and she was in the area looking at houses for sale, the document states. She told officers that she had asked the man driving the vehicle for help because she forgot where she had parked her car, according to the document.

According to Fayetteville police, Barcenas was wearing clothes similar to the description given by the victim and was also carrying a diaper bag. Inside the bag, officers found more clothing matching the victim’s description along with a loaded .38 revolver, the document states. The victim also identified the suspect as the woman who pointed the gun at her, according to the document.

Barcenas was taken into custody afterward. She was released from the Washington County Detention Center on a $100,000 bond on April 27.

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