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Samurai swords seized at Ston Skoth Martial Arts Academies in Lancaster. (Credit: L.A. Co. Sheriff’s Dept.)

Two men were in custody Thursday in connection with the kidnapping and torture of a Lancaster teenager last month.

The victim, identified only as an 18-year-old boy, was abducted on Sept. 25 in Lancaster and tortured with lit cigarettes, cut with Samurai swords and beaten, according to a news release from the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department. He was later released near 20th Street West and Avenue J.

On Thursday, sheriff’s deputies served a search warrant at a home in the 8300 block of West Avenue F.

At the home, deputies found suspect Ston Lee. Deputies also recovered a firearm, drug paraphernalia, and a hydroponic marijuana grow, according to the release.


Ston Lee arrested in connection with kidnap and torture of Lancaster teen. (Credit: L.A. County Sheriff’s Dept.)

A second suspect, Skoth Ly, was located at a separate residence in the 44000 block of Gadsden Avenue.

Two more search warrants were served at the Ston Skoth Martial Arts Academies on 10th Street West and 45th St West where deputies recovered several samurai swords.


Skoth Ly arrested in connection with kidnap and torture of Lancaster teen. (Credit: L.A. County Sheriff’s Dept.)

Lee and Ly were booked on suspicion of kidnapping, torture, and cultivating marijuana.

They were held on $100,000 bail.

A third man, Anthony Valdizia, was arrested oat one of homes. He was booked on suspicion of being a felon with a firearm.

His bail was set at $35,000.

Anyone with additional information was urged to contact Detective Wilson at 661-948-8466.