Two men and a woman were arrested early Tuesday morning on charges they kidnapped, robbed and beat up a 27-year-old man at a local motel, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said. 

Antonio Ray Flores, 25, and Matthew Chance Eldridge, 20, and Monica Michelle Gonzales, 35, all of Waco, were arrested after police investigated a call of a suspicious person in the 2600 block of S. 15th Street. Swanton said a man was yelling for help at about 4 a.m. and appeared to have been beaten.

Police learned the victim had been called to the New Road Inn, 4000 N. Interstate 35, by Gonzales. Police said she called the victim to ask for a ride. When the victim arrived, he entered the room and was attacked by Flores and Eldridge, Swanton said.

The man was beaten and taken to his car at knife point by Flores and Eldridge. Swanton said both suspects drove the man to South Waco, near Loop 340 and South Third Street while Gonzales followed the men in a separate car.

Both Flores and Eldridge allegedly continued to beat the victim and stole his shoes and cellphone. Swanton said the man was able to escape during the beating and hid for a short time, while the two men stole the victim's car.

A passerby picked up the victim and drove him to North 15th Street, where a citizen saw him and called police. Swanton said emergency personnel took the injured man to a local hospital for treatment.

Officers returned to the New Road Inn for additional investigation and found all three suspects back at the room.

Police arrested Flores and Eldridge on first-degree felony charges of aggravated robbery and aggravated kidnapping. Gonzales was arrested on a first-degree felony charge of aggravated robbery.

Both Flores and Eldridge remained at McLennan County Jail Wednesday with bonds listed at $150,000. Gonzales also remained in custody with a bond listed at $75,000.

Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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