Kidnap charges dropped in Tahoe murder case, to be refiled

Posted: Sunday, October 07, 2001

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) -- Kidnapping charges against Lisa Platz and James Csucsai, former Alaska residents accused of the murder of Platz' daughter, were dismissed on a technicality but will be refiled.

Prosecutors failed during an identity hearing Thursday in El Dorado Superior Court to provide documentation required to support Washington state charges for the August kidnapping of 9-year-old Rebecca Aramburo.

The girl lived in Fairbanks for four years and attended kindergarten at Anne Wein Elementary School in 1998.

Platz, the girl's mother, Csucsai, the mother's boyfriend, met while Csucsai lived in North Pole and Platz lived in Fairbanks.

Platz, 31, and Csucsai, 35, remain in custody on charges of killing the girl at Tahoe last month. Arraignment on those charges is scheduled for Oct. 25.

Deputy District Attorney Tony Sears said he will refile the Washington state abduction charges ''as soon as we have all the proper documentation.''

Csucsai and Platz were arrested Sept. 21 after a nine-hour standoff that ended when officers stormed their tent and found Aramburo dead, with her throat slashed.

Platz was treated for wrist wounds and Csucsai was treated for throat and wrist lacerations.

Rebecca's stepmother told authorities in Washington that she was dropping the girl off at a relative's home in Lakewood, near Tacoma, when Platz jumped out of a truck and snatched the girl away at gunpoint on Aug. 13.

Rebecca's father and stepmother, Jose and Angelina Aramburo, shared legal custody of the girl with Platz.

Investigators in Washington said Platz was accused of abducting her daughter in 1994 and disappearing for four years. She also was charged with custodial interference earlier this year.

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