Skip to comments.Phoenix police fear wave of kidnappings could grow
Posted on 05/08/2009 12:42:31 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
(AP) PHOENIX - A 13-year-old girl was grabbed off the street and thrown into an SUV by Mexican kidnappers who mistakenly believed she was the niece of a drug dealer who helped steal 55 pounds of marijuana.
The girl pleaded with her kidnappers that they had abducted the wrong person, but they hit her over the head, bound her with duct tape and drove away as relatives watch helplessly.
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And Obama wants to keep the BORDERS OPEN!!!! Maybe he is planning on taxing the Mexican drug and kidnapping operations in America???
Our government is responsible for this!!!
"The horses are out of the barn already..." -Bobama.
Article IV - Section 4
The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government,
and shall protect each of them against Invasion"
Yeah - one wishes that her brothers had been prepared to give her abductors a leaden goodbye.
The AP reported the story and used the word Mexican? What is the world coming to?
In the wave of abductions that have gripped the Phoenix area, this case illustrates one of the greatest fears of police: the possibility that kidnappings might expand beyond the underworld of drug and human trafficking to target law-abiding people.
We get enough problems with just bad-guy-on-bad-guy abductions, Police Chief Jack Harris said. If you expand it to where they are going after these regular citizens, we just dont have that kind of personnel to be able to invest in those kinds of cases at that level.
With 368 reported kidnappings in 2008, Phoenix has swiftly become the nations kidnapping capital. Abductions have become such a persistent problem that police created a special squad of anti-kidnapping officers.
Authorities hope to avoid the mistakes of Mexican police, who ignored kidnappings involving smugglers a decision that may have encouraged gangs to start snatching ordinary people displaying signs of even modest wealth.
The Mexican government usually disregards the problem unless it is a high-profile case a very rich person or a famous person who was kidnapped, said Jose Luis Velasco Cruz, a researcher at the National Autonomous University of Mexico and an expert in drug crimes.
Over the last several years, many kidnappings in Phoenix have involved drug traffickers abducting rivals, associates or their relatives. The abductions offer a way to collect unpaid debts, steal money from fellow traffickers or retaliate for earlier abductions.
Immigrant smugglers also have been known to do kidnappings, sometimes holding customers hostage to extort money from their families.
The kidnappers typically seek ransoms ranging from $30,000 to $1 million and sometimes demand drugs, too.
Two victims were killed last year. Others have been tortured by having their legs burned with clothing irons, their arms tied to the ceiling or their fingers broken with bricks.
Some families have heard victims scream in pain during ransom calls.
In May 2008, kidnappers shot an immigrant smuggler in the head, brought his corpse to an alley and set it on fire in a garbage bin. The victims girlfriend then got a call telling her to watch the news.
When kidnappings spiked, Phoenix investigators were so overwhelmed at first that they did not spend a lot of time asking in-depth questions to understand the pattern that was emerging.
We couldnt, because it was common to have a kidnapping, be halfway into it and have another kidnapping come into the door, said Lt. Lauri Brugett, who oversees the special kidnapping squad created last summer.
When a kidnapping victim is located, it takes as many as 60 officers to rescue that person, including a SWAT team.
When innocent people are targeted by kidnappers or home invaders in Phoenix, its usually because an attacker got his orders wrong.
In the case of the 13-year-old girl abducted in March 2008, drug traffickers wearing police-like gun belts demanded the whereabouts of a suspected drug dealer who lived in a house near where she was playing. She did not know him, but they took her anyway.
Her brother and stepbrother, ages 16 and 17, tried to stop the attackers, but backed off when the men pointed guns at them. The siblings watched as their sister was forced into the SUV and driven away.
She was released hours later in a Phoenix suburb after her abductors realized they had indeed kidnapped the wrong girl.
But investigators say law-abiding people in Phoenix have little to fear. There are no signs that traffickers intend to kidnap innocents, and, police said, trafficking bosses do not want the level of scrutiny that such abductions would bring.
Still, police worry.
You cant be naive, Brugett said. You really have to look at the worst-case scenario and try to figure out how effectively you can accomplish things and then your goals for doing that. And one of those goals is that it doesnt get so easy for them that they do start targeting real victims, true victims.
Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas, the top prosecutor for Phoenix, was so alarmed by the abductions that his office set up a three-person team of prosecutors specializing in kidnapping cases.
If these criminals are willing to brutalize other human beings in that fashion, in one way, I dont see any reason why they would necessarily hold back from doing the same crime on innocent citizens if they conclude that its in their interest to do so, Thomas said.
Since June, police have made 300 arrests on charges of kidnapping and home invasion, and they have dismantled 35 abduction teams.
Authorities report that fewer family members of smugglers are being targeted.
Most kidnappers, police said, are from the violent northwestern Mexican state of Sinaloa, a major source for drugs being funneled through Arizona.
In their effort to crack down, police pursue anyone who played a part in an abduction, however small. For instance, authorities arrested a man who got paid $600 to loan his car to a kidnapper.
Authorities also check to see if victims have outstanding arrest warrants. If any warrants are found, victims are booked immediately after they are rescued, because police say todays victim might be tomorrows suspect.
Where the heck is the FBI, I thought kidnapping was federal?
I may be wrong, but I think the FBI steps in when the victim is transported across state lines.
What I’d like to know is where is Sheriff Joe? Is the MCSO involved in solving this problem? If so, why isn’t their involvement reported here?
Journalistic agenda, more than likely.
The money possible from kidnapping is simply too much and too available to prevent this, especially when it is widespread and the police are overwhelmed - as they will quickly be if the numerous gangs around now start operating this "business".
Why stick up 7-11s for a few hundred bucks when you can kidnap the husband/wife/child of rich people (who deserve it and have big money) from the rich neighborhood and get many thousands? Just think of the drugs you could buy and the money you could make!
These Mexican gangs are already proving it is quite possible and practically risk free even here in America.
Time to stock up on more ammo...
However,wouldn't a kidnapper be crossing state lines if he took the victim back to Mexico? And aren't the locals allowed to ask for FBI help, maybe a task force,I just don't get it.
In Fla we have the FDLE=Fla. Dept. of law Enforcement,in Ga. its the GBI,I am sure Arizona must have a higher branch as well. I wonder if they are being called in for support? None of this makes any sense.
Arizona’s State Police force is the DPS - Dept. of Public Safety. Yes, both DPS and Sheriff Joe’s Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office should be involved.
That this article does not mention them may indicate that the article is pushing for an increase in funding and other support for the Phoenix Police Department.
That's the same stuff the rats do when we tell them to use all forms of energy and all they want are golf carts with wind mills.
Phoenix is not his jurisdiction! Anyway, the vast majority of these kidnappings are done against illegals. I surely would not waste my resources looking for illegals that kidnapped illegals!
Thanks for the ping/post. Great thread. BTTT!