Monday, August 24, 2009

Chronicle of a Kidnapping and Rescue in Cd. Juarez

The man is about 55 years old, but understandably he asked for his identity to be witheld. He owns a pharmacy. At 8:25 a.m.last Friday (August 21)he was driving to work in his Honda when three men stopped him at the intersection of Ave. Gómez Morín and Pedro Rosales de León (near the Campestre, a well-heeled neighborhood) and forced him at gunpoint to get out of his car and into the SUV they were driving. They treated him well, did not hurt him or even use foul language. When they got to the house he would be held in, at 3418 Rancho Las Aguilas (Col. Pradera Dorada), they offered him food, but he refused to eat at that time and during the entire time he was being held captive.

They began talking on the telephone to members of his family about payment for his release. They asked for a large sum of money, but had not yet reached an agreement with his family on Saturday afternoon when a large deployment of military troops arrived at the house at around 5 p.m. The men fled. Soldiers found him handcuffed and lying on the floor of a closet in one of the bedrooms.

Apparently someone had called the Second Artillery Regiment headquarters with information that a captive was being held at that address.

Compiled from a story in Norte by Félix A. González and a report in Diario.

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