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Nationals Catcher Ramos Kidnapped in Venezuela
abc ^ | 11/9/2011 | JORGE RUEDA

Posted on 11/09/2011 8:13:10 PM PST by tobyhill

Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos was abducted by gunmen Wednesday from his home in his native Venezuela.

Ramos, 24, was taken away in an SUV by four armed men in Santa Ines in central Carabobo state, Kathe Vilera, spokeswoman for the catcher's Venezuelan League team, said through her official Twitter account.

"This is sad, worrisome and true that Wilson Ramos has been kidnapped," she said. Ramos was playing winter ball with the Aragua Tigers.

She said the rising Major League Baseball star was kidnapped at 6:45 p.m. local time (2315 GMT) and that police have been notified. Santa Ines lies about 150 kilometers (95 miles) west of Venezuela's capital, Caracas.

A person close to Ramos' family, who asked not to be named for safety reasons, said the catcher was at home with his father and brothers when several men "entered the house and took him away."

"As of this hour, there has been no contact" between the kidnapper and Ramos' family, the person said.

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TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: athletes; baseball; kidnap; kidnapped; natanals; nationals; ramos; twins; venezuela

1 posted on 11/09/2011 8:13:13 PM PST by tobyhill
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To: tobyhill

More fun and games in the Socialist utopia of Venezuela.
I hope and pray this turns out well for Ramos and his family. Wilson Ramos has become a damn good Major League catcher.


2 posted on 11/09/2011 8:21:40 PM PST by sean327 (God created all men equal, then some become Marines!)
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To: tobyhill

This is terrible. Ransom motive?. Prayers for him and his family that he is returned safely.


3 posted on 11/09/2011 8:22:25 PM PST by SueRae (I can see November 2012 from my HOUSE!!!!!!!!)
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To: sean327
More fun and games in the Socialist utopia of Venezuela.

Sadly, it's not just Venezuela. I know of some NBA folks from Argentina who have had to build fortresses for their relatives, and have bodyguards for them to protect them from kidnappers.

4 posted on 11/09/2011 8:32:22 PM PST by sockmonkey (Freepers, please turn yourself in at attackwatch.com)
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To: sean327
Former Twin Wilson Ramos has become a damn good Major League catcher. Hope he escapes harm.
5 posted on 11/09/2011 9:25:44 PM PST by irgbar-man
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To: tobyhill

For all its flaws, I am still so damn glad I live in the United States.


6 posted on 11/09/2011 9:27:01 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: sockmonkey

It’s pretty standard down South, sadly...


7 posted on 11/10/2011 4:55:05 AM PST by Caipirabob ( Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Caipirabob

They’re doing it all wrong. They’re supposed to kidnap one of his family members then ask for ransom from Wilson, the guy with the money.


8 posted on 11/10/2011 6:41:15 AM PST by WOBBLY BOB (See ya later, debt inflator ! Gone in 4 (2012))
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To: WOBBLY BOB
Pray for him and his family. That is all we can do at this point.

So what is Hugo Chavez doing about the rising crime in this socialist paradise he created?

If all of S. America is like this, why are we investing in Oil in Brazil, etc instead of drilling here?

9 posted on 11/10/2011 11:38:16 AM PST by wmileo
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To: tobyhill
Ramos was not reported having his security with him and grabbed when signing an autograph in front of his home.

Ransom express kidnapping..Major League has some of their own investigators on the scene and reported that he is still alive.

Kidnappings and murder skyrocketing in Venezuela.

10 posted on 11/10/2011 4:49:32 PM PST by fight_truth_decay (No Tag)
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