Popcorn Exec Released in El Segundo; Alleged Captor in Custody: Police

By Olsen Ebright
|  Wednesday, Apr 17, 2013  |  Updated 4:49 AM PDT
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Worker Held Exec Captive Over Failed Relationship: Police

An alleged captor surrenders to police outside an office building in El Segundo. The woman allegedly held a coworker hostage on Tuesday, April 16, 2013.

The chief financial officer of a gourmet popcorn manufacturer has been released from an El Segundo office building and police have taken his alleged captor into custody, according to police.

Police received reports about 8:15 a.m. Tuesday that a female employee entered Popcornopolis, located near the 1300 block of El Segundo Boulevard.

The employee, identified as Leonora Banuelos, told all but one of her coworkers to leave, El Segundo Police Captain Bob Turnbull said.

Shortly after 11 a.m., the CFO -- the highest-ranking employee in the office Tuesday -- was released after being held at gunpoint for nearly three hours, according to police.

The woman allegedly committed the act because of a failed relationship with another coworker,  Segundo police Lt. Raymond Garcia said.

At 11:31 a.m., the woman exited the building and walked backwards toward police with her hands on her head. She was then taken into custody.

Banuelos was booked for suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, false imprisonment and criminal threats, in lieu of $100,000 bail, according to Garcia.

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