Three Douglas men were arrested in connection with an alleged kidnapping plot.

Francisco Parra, 35, his brother Erik Parra, 33, and Gabriel Owen, 34, were each being held on a $500,000 cash bond, Cochise County Sheriff’s officials say.

They’ve been booked on suspicion of aggravated robbery, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, extortion, kidnapping for ransom, unlawful imprisonment and weapons charges.

A man told authorities he was looking at a house as a possible investment near Douglas with a friend Wednesday.

Once inside the home, the man claims he and his friend were assaulted by two masked men but managed to flee.

The Parra brothers and Owens allegedly planned to kidnap the victims and demand more than $1 million ransom from their families, authorities say.

Senior Editor, News, Arizona Daily Star, Tucson, Az.