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Realtor kidnapped at gunpoint in Arkansas

Suspect posed as buyer to lure agent to property

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An Arkansas Realtor was kidnapped at gunpoint on the job and police say she is fortunate to have escaped on Friday.

The Realtor, who police have not named, was kidnapped by 25-year-old Amilya Barcenas, police say, who is now facing charges of kidnapping, aggravated armed robbery and criminal mischief.

The case has an eerie similarity to another Realtor kidnapping in Arkansas just seven months ago that ended with the tragic death of Little Rock Realtor Beverly Carter.

According to police reports, Barcenas made an appointment with the Realtor using a false name.

When they met at a property on Hidden Creek Drive in the northwest Arkansas city, Barcenas pulled a .38 revolver from a diaper bag and forced the Realtor to put zip tie restraints on herself, the arrest report says.

Barcenas then told the Realtor she was going to drive to an ATM and force her to withdraw cash.

When Barcenas got distracted and put the handgun down, the Realtor escaped from the home. She ran to a nearby home and had the homeowner call 911.

Police found the Barcenas and another man driving around the neighborhood slowly. The man told police he had picked Barcenas up because she told him she was looking at houses in the neighborhood and had forgotten where she had parked. 

Barcenas was booked into the Washington County Detention Center and has a court date scheduled for April 27, according to jail records.

It was just seven months ago that Beverly Carter was kidnapped and found in a shallow grave outside Little Rock.

Like the Barcenas case, the suspect in that case posed as a buyer and met Carter at a property.

Arron Lewis, of Jacksonville, was arrested  now faces the death penalty, as he is being charged with capital murder and kidnapping. His girlfriend has also been charged in that case.

Lewis told reporters at the time that he targeted Carter because she was a “rich broker” and because she was a woman who worked alone.

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