Skip to comments.Nationals Catcher Ramos Kidnapped in Venezuela
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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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.
This is terrible. Ransom motive?. Prayers for him and his family that he is returned safely.
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.
For all its flaws, I am still so damn glad I live in the United States.
It’s pretty standard down South, sadly...
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.
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?
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.