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  • Hamas Threatens to Kidnap More Soldiers

    10/19/2013 3:51:39 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    INN ^ | 10/18/2013, 10:52 PM | Elad Benari
    Hamas issued a threat to Israel on Friday, warning that it will kidnap more Israeli soldiers in order to bring about the release of all Palestinian Authority Arab prisoners. The terror group which controls Gaza made the threats in a statement posted on its website on the second anniversary of the release of Gilad Shalit. … In the two years that have passed since Shalit’s release, many of the terrorists who were freed in the deal have been re-arrested when they were discovered to have resumed terrorist activities. …
  • Prosecutors to offer life without parole plus 1,000 years in Cleveland kidnappings plea deal

    07/25/2013 8:41:09 PM PDT · by Jeff Winston · 26 replies
    NBC News ^ | Jul 25, 2013 | Kate Snow, Richard Esposito and Erin McClam, NBC News
    Ohio prosecutors Thursday were close to reaching a plea deal with Ariel Castro, the Cleveland man accused of kidnapping three women and holding them captive for a decade. That deal, which he is expected to accept, is life without parole with an additional 1,000 years, NBC News has learned.
  • Mexican Cartel Kidnapped Man in US, Smuggled Across Border, Feared Dead

    07/09/2013 12:32:41 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 07/09/2013 | Brandon Darby
    According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the agents of the Gulf cartel claimed to be a police officer and handcuffed the man. The victim’s wife thought police had taken her husband, but when she called the local Texas authorities, she discovered that they had not arrested her husband. The U.S. Attorney’s Office says the victim was beaten, blindfolded, gagged, and bound in duct tape. He was taken by the agents of the Gulf cartel to a nearby ranch on U.S. soil. Only then, say authorities, did the kidnappers realize they had taken an innocent man and that the victim was...
  • Mexican army rescues 165 abductees at (Texas) border

    06/07/2013 1:47:37 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 5 replies
    The Monitor ^ | June 7, 2013
    MEXICO CITY — Mexican soldiers have rescued 165 people kidnapped by a drug cartel and held for as long as three weeks in a one-story home alongside the U.S. border. National security spokesman Eduardo Sanchez says 150 victims were U.S.-bound migrants from Central America. Fourteen were Mexicans and one was from India.
  • FBI seeks help on case of Marine kidnapped in Mexico

    06/05/2013 8:34:24 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 8 replies
    The Monitor ^ | June 3, 2013 | Elizabeth Findell
    The FBI is asking for help finding leads on a Rio Grande Valley Marine kidnapped at gunpoint in Mexico, the agency said Monday. Armando Torres III, 25, crossed over the Progreso International Bridge on May 14 to visit his father on a ranch near Los Indios, according to an agency news release. There, investigators believe armed intruders took Torres, his father Armando Torres II and uncle Salvador Torres shortly after they arrived. The younger Torres’ sister Cristina Torres, 24, who lives in Virginia, said she got a call from her cousin minutes after the gunmen raced away. “She saw a...
  • Sinai Bedouin Hint: We Were Better Off Under Israel

    05/18/2013 2:18:58 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 11 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 18/5/13 | Elad Benari
    Bedouin tribes in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula implied on Thursday that they were better off living under Israeli rule and that they have been suffering since Israel withdrew from the region as part of the peace agreement with Egypt. The residents of the Sinai spoke to the Egyptian daily Al-Ahram, after local tribesmen kidnapped seven Egyptian security personnel near the city of El-Arish. The seven were kidnapped by an unknown group in north Sinai while en route to Cairo. Local residents said the kidnapping was "retaliation" by Bedouin tribesmen for heavy-handed security policies adopted by the Egyptian interior ministry. Mohamed El-Asati,...
  • [South Texas]Kidnapping Unsettles Mexican Nationals at UTPA

    10/16/2012 7:41:02 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 1 replies
    KRGV ^ | 10-15-2012
    WESLACO - Mexican nationals studying at the University of Texas-Pan American are worried that the violence they fled from may be catching up with them on the U.S. side of the border. "I am from Miguel Aleman ... it's a small town an hour-and-a-half away from here," one student said. "I came for my studies," she said. "All my family is from Mexico," the student said. She said it was a way to flee the violence gripping border regions in Mexico. "I have to take some other precautions ... coming to school," she said. She asked to have her identity...
  • Ex-FBI agent who vanished in Iran: "Help me"

    12/09/2011 3:34:59 AM PST · by nuconvert · 25 replies
    Long after he vanished in Iran, retired FBI agent Robert Levinson reappeared in a video and a series of photographs sent to his family over the past year, transforming a mysterious disappearance into a hostage standoff with an unknown kidnapper, The Associated Press has learned.
  • Friends and Enemies (Oliver North)

    09/29/2011 6:54:30 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | September 30, 2011 | Oliver North
    WASHINGTON — When the U.S. State Department announced this week that it finally is going to designate the Haqqani network as a foreign terrorist organization, it was a nonevent for most of our countrymen. That's because few Americans know how deadly the organization is. For that we can thank those at Foggy Bottom who are wedded to the naive hope of a near-term "diplomatic breakthrough" in Afghanistan. Couple that misguided belief with the Obama administration's self-deception that the radical Islamic jihad against the West ended with the demise of Osama bin Laden and it's understandable why the Haqqani network...
  • How Al Qaeda executioners were captured by SAS using Bisto granules

    06/17/2012 8:20:22 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 54 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 17th June 2012 | Mark Nicol and Ian Gallagher
    'They killed with apparent impunity, effortlessly dodging capture by the world’s deadliest special forces. Nothing, it seemed, could stop Al Qaeda’s two top Iraqi terrorists as they orchestrated a campaign of high-profile kidnappings, car bombings and executions in Baghdad and beyond. At the height of their reign, one of them, Maher Ahmed Mahmoud az-Zubeidi, better known by his alias Abu Rami, was believed to have been responsible for the murders of 200 people each month. Yet perhaps even more ferocious was his charismatic co-leader, Abu Uthman, whose exploits in two battles in Fallujah earned him the nickname Abu Nimr –...
  • Kidnapping by Mexican police caught on video

    06/14/2012 3:13:50 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 23 replies
    mySA.com ^ | June 14, 2012 | MARK STEVENSON
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — There it was on video: Five heavily armed policemen barge into a hotel in western Mexico before dawn and march out with three handcuffed men in underwear. But police weren't making an arrest. Prosecutors say they apparently were taking orders from criminals. Just hours after the three were seized, they were found asphyxiated and beaten to death. Mexicans have become inured to lurid tales of police collaboration with narcotics gangs during 5 ½ years of a drug war that has cost more than 47,500 lives. But seldom can they actually see it occur, and the video...
  • Authorities Say Kidnapping Squad from Mexico Behind Man's Disappearance(South Texas)

    04/02/2012 4:56:20 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 7 replies
    KRGV ^ | April 2, 2012.
    HIDALGO COUNTY - Deputies think a kidnapping squad from Mexico is behind the disappearance of a missing Hidalgo County man. The Hidalgo County sheriff briefed us on the case file. Forty-year-old Armando Morfin was taken from his home in north Hidalgo County Friday. He reportedly dropped off his children at school. By the time he returned home, three men were waiting for him. His wife and 4-year-old child were tied up. They weren't harmed. By the time they freed themselves, the men were long gone along with Morfin. His van was found a few hours later on the side of...
  • Mexico mob kills 3 alleged kidnappers

    02/13/2012 7:23:33 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 10 replies
    News24 ^ | 02-12-2012
    Mexico City - An angry mob of villagers in central Mexico attacked and killed three men they accused of trying to kidnap two local residents. So far, 23 people have been arrested for the mob attack, prosecutors said. A spokesperson for the Mexico State Security Secretariat said the mob numbered "more than 500 people". An initial investigation showed "a group of six women incited local residents to attack three men, who they set on fire", said a statement from the Mexico state attorney general's office. Police tried to rescue the three men but succeeded in pulling only one of them...
  • [South Texas Illegals] 3 men kidnapped, beat, strangled coworker, authorities say

    02/09/2012 3:31:30 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 4 replies
    The Monitor ^ | February 08, 2012 | Naxiely Lopez
    EDINURG — A capital murder suspect made his involvement in the kidnapping and slaying of a coworker too obvious when he hid the body at his brother’s property, Sheriff Lupe Treviño said. A passer-by found the body of German Duque Gonzalez, 65, on Feb. 1 under a pile of tires in the 4600 block of Marshall Street north of Palmview. Gonzalez, a baker, left his Alton home at 1 a.m. that same morning to begin his bread-making shift at Valeria’s Bakery in Mission — a routine he had followed for the past two years. He never made it to work....
  • [South Texas:]Gulf Cartel launched kidnapping ring in Rio Grande Valley last year

    01/23/2012 12:35:41 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch
    The Monitor ^ | January 22, 2012 | Jared Taylor
    NEAR ALTON — Two men stepped down from a white truck at a house near Alton. A pair of Jeeps pulled up close behind. It was Memorial Day weekend 2011. The truck’s driver said he was a policeman, complete with handcuffs, a pistol and an embroidered shirt. He wasn’t a cop. But he handcuffed Ovidio Olivares Guerrero and loaded him into the truck and drove off, court records state. Guerrero hasn’t been seen since the pseudocops took him from his cousin’s house that day. And court records suggest he wasn’t even the target of a Gulf Cartel-ordered kidnapping. Olivares’ wife,...
  • 3 Cops Kidnapped and Killed in Mexico Border Town (Acuña)

    11/22/2011 8:13:11 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 15 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | November 22, 2011
    Gunmen in the Mexican border city of Acuña kidnapped and killed three police officers, authorities said Monday. Acuña Public Safety Department said in a statement that the three were on patrol in the same unit when the assailants kidnapped them early Monday. The officer's bodies were found an hour later in a residential area of Acuña, which is across the border from Del Rio, Texas. They had been shot and their hands were handcuffed, the police department said. Authorities say the Zetas and the Sinaloa drug cartels are fighting each other to control smuggling routes in the state of Coahuila,...
  • Kidnapping victim found in trunk of car at international bridge(in South Texas)

    11/02/2011 1:01:39 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 8 replies
    The Brownsville Herald/ Monitor ^ | November 02, 2011 | NAXIELY LOPEZ
    HIDALGO — Police here rescued a kidnapping victim from the trunk of a car bound for Mexico Tuesday morning. Police are not releasing many details about the kidnapping because it is still under investigation and officers want to protect the victim from further danger, Captain Robert Vela of the Hidalgo Police Department said. A police officer stationed at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge was inspecting southbound traffic when he came across a driver who looked younger than the average licensed driver, investigators said. At least one patrolman is always on duty at the port of entry to secure the toll booths...
  • Sheriff’s Deputy Shot Northeast of Edinburg(suspects killed, wounded in S. Texas kidnapping attempt)

    10/31/2011 7:38:44 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 13 replies
    KRGV ^ | Stephanie Zepelin and Jordan Williams
    NORTHEAST OF EDINBURG - An Hidalgo County sheriff’s deputy was shot Sunday afternoon during a traffic stop. It happened near the intersection of Val Verde Road and FM 2812 northeast of Edinburg. Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino told CHANNEL 5 NEWS a deputy responded to a call about a alleged kidnapping in the area. En route the deputy spotted a truck matching the suspects' description. "They pulled him over. Another deputy drove up and helped him. We did what's called a felony stop (because) we knew that there were suspects involved in that vehicle," Trevino explained. He said the deputies...
  • Hamas: Israel Promised No Revenge, We Promised More Kidnappings

    10/14/2011 4:14:21 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 16 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 14/10/11 | Maayana Miskin
    Hamas leaders are telling Arabic media that Israel agreed to release terrorists in exchange for Gilad Shalit without a commitment from the terrorist group to stop kidnapping soldiers. Israel tried to get a commitment, but agreed to go ahead without one, according to sources quoted by the pan-Arabic paper Al-Hayat. Hamas also claimed that they managed to extract a promise from Israel not to harm the more than 1,000 terrorists to be released in exchange for Shalit in any way. The report contradicts what Shin Bet head Yoram Cohen said about the planned prisoner release. Cohen told journalists that the...
  • Not ‘A Mile’ of Border Secure, Texas Sheriff Says

    04/11/2011 12:39:27 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 43 replies
    CNSNews ^ | April 11, 2011` | Penny Starr
    (CNSNews.com) – Texas Sheriff Tomas Herrera said he does not agree with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano’s assessment of security at the U.S.-Mexico border as being “better than it has ever been.” Herrera, in a telephone interview with CNSNews.com, said that not “a mile” of the 85-mile stretch of border in Maverick County, Texas, which is separated from Mexico by the Rio Grande River, is secure and that the violence of Mexican drug cartels is spilling over into the United States as cartels come into Texas and kidnap teenagers for their smuggling operations. “They come in and kidnap some...
  • New arrest in ICE agent's slaying announced by Mexican authorities

    04/06/2011 11:28:18 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 6 replies
    The Monitor ^ | April 06, 2011 | Ildefonso Ortiz
    The Mexican government announced the arrest of another individual in connection with the February shooting that killed ICE Special Agent Jaime Zapata and injured his partner, Victor Avila. Jose Manuel “El Safado” Garcia Soto, 30, and five other alleged members of the Zetas were arrested Saturday in the city of San Luis Potosi, S.L.P., according to a news release from Mexico’s Office of the President. Zapata was gunned down by a group of Zetas on Feb. 15 while driving along a Mexican highway in San Luis Potosi state. The arrest took place when Mexican federal police raided a stash house...
  • The hidden crimes of Kosovo

    01/08/2011 11:35:48 PM PST · by americanophile · 24 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 8, 2011 | Chuck Sudetic
    Americans should feel betrayed by the contents of the Council of Europe's report on organized crime in mostly Albanian-populated Kosovo, a country that owes its existence to the United States. The report, authored by Swiss prosecutor Dick Marty, includes allegations that Kosovo leaders have committed heinous crimes and allegations that American and European diplomats and U.N. officials in Kosovo overlooked wrongdoing to preserve "political stability." Kosovo's leaders have waged an ugly media campaign to discredit Marty and his findings and have threatened to launch a witch hunt against Albanians who aided the inquiry. Washington's voice is needed now to stop...
  • (Mexico:)Santa Muerte Cult Leader Arrested

    01/05/2011 11:18:30 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 9 replies
    KRGV ^ | 01/05/2011
    MEXICO CITY - The leader of Mexico's Death Saint cult has been detained on suspicion of participating in a kidnapping ring. The "Santa Muerte" cult has become popular among drug traffickers in Mexico, in part because followers believe the skeletal figure of the female "saint" may protect them from death or arrest. David Romo, the self-styled archbishop of the church, was one of nine suspects placed under a form of house arrest for 30 days pending investigation. Romo claims he is the victim of political persecution and claimed he was tortured. He also charged that he had been "severely tortured"...
  • Consulate Warning of Zeta Kidnappings in Mexico

    08/26/2010 8:57:09 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 6 replies · 1+ views
    KRGV ^ | Auigust 26, 2010
    MONTERREY, Mexico – The U.S. Consulate is warning Americans who travel to Monterrey they face a greater risk of being kidnapped. The warning was issued after the possible kidnapping attempt of a college student. Last Friday, a firefight broke out outside the American School Foundation of Monterrey, located in the upscale suburb of Santa Catarina. Early reports say the kidnapping attempt triggered the gunbattle. Now officials believe it was a case of mistaken identity. The incident is raising new concerns about the danger of being kidnapped and held for ransom in Mexico. Organized criminal groups like the Zetas are trying...
  • Police: San Juan teen randomly kidnapped, found in Reynosa (Texas Spillover Violence Alert)

    08/24/2010 6:25:07 AM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 31 replies
    The Monitor ^ | August 23, 2010 | Jared Taylor
    SAN JUAN —Police reunited a teenage woman with her family Monday afternoon, nearly 19 hours after she was abducted, blindfolded and dumped in a Reynosa field. The 18-year-old woman, whose name was not disclosed by police, was walking to a friend’s house about 6:30 p.m. Sunday. A black van pulled up alongside her and three men hopped out, San Juan Police Chief Juan Gonzalez said. They snatched the girl, blindfolded her and took her to Reynosa. The kidnappers began calling the woman’s family demanding ransom money. “The kidnappers somehow missed it that she had a cell phone,” Gonzalez said. “We...
  • Kidnapped Mexican mayor found dead near Monterrey

    08/18/2010 10:32:26 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 27 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8/18/10
    MONTERREY Mexico (Reuters) - Mexican security forces found the body of a slain mayor near Mexico's affluent city of Monterrey on Wednesday, days after he was abducted by drug hitmen, officials and local media said. Mexican President Felipe Calderon, in a posting on his Twitter account, said he was sorry about the "cowardly assassination" of Mayor Edelmiro Cavazos, the mayor of a popular tourist town on the outskirts of Monterrey, a major industrial center with close U.S. business links. "The murder of Edelmiro is an outrage and forces us to redouble our efforts to fight these cowardly criminals," Calderon wrote....
  • [Juarez:] Kidnapping Victim Murdered Even Though Ransom Paid

    08/14/2010 1:02:48 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 7 replies
    KTSM ^ | August 13, 2010 | August 13, 2010
    Thursday night the body of a woman was found inside the Colinas cemetery. The woman is said to be in her 30's and was discovered near a grave. A man and a woman were attacked while driving around in south Juarez. Gunmen shot them both. The male driver was killed and the female passenger was injured A body was found wrapped in a blanket with several gunshot wounds. The person's identity has not been released. Finally, the body of a man was found in the Rio Grande. According to Juarez police the man was kidnapped two days ago and his...
  • [South Texas:]Feds: Pharr officer assisted Zeta kidnapping ring

    07/29/2010 6:57:24 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 7 replies · 1+ views
    The Monitor ^ | July 28, 2010 | Jeremy Roebuck
    McALLEN — One name emerged over and over again as authorities tracked a brutal Zeta kidnapping ring across Hidalgo County in 2008: “Chino” Throughout the investigation, witnesses ascribed that nickname to a Pharr police officer who allegedly helped the cartel operatives carry out their attacks. The nephew of a top Zeta lieutenant, the man had also purportedly shielded drug stash houses and guarded cocaine shipments through his city, all while on duty and in uniform, said Alfredo Barrera, an investigator with the Texas Department of Public Safety. “We kept hearing about ‘Chino,’ ‘Chino’,” he testified in a federal courtroom Wednesday....
  • Arrests shed light on border kidnappings

    07/18/2010 5:30:25 PM PDT · by thecodont · 18 replies
    Los Angeles Times / latimes.com ^ | July 18, 2010 | By Richard Marosi, Los Angeles Times
    Reporting from Tecate, Mexico — The bedraggled immigrants were picking their way through the boulders and scrub when a group of heavily armed men descended on them just short of the California- Mexico border. They corralled them in a cave and pointed their guns on the 10 men and one woman. These lawless badlands in the hills east of Tijuana have long teemed with bandits and rapists, but these criminals demanded only phone numbers. They started calling the immigrants' loved ones in Pomona, San Diego and Bakersfield: Send us money or we'll shoot, they said. The days-long kidnapping ordeal in...
  • Killing and kidnapping at Mexico wedding (groom, his brother, uncle, best man missing)

    05/09/2010 5:31:36 PM PDT · by Libloather · 37 replies · 1,203+ views
    UPI ^ | 5/09/10
    Killing and kidnapping at Mexico weddingPublished: May 9, 2010 at 4:47 PM JUAREZ, Mexico, May 9 (UPI) -- Gunmen killed one person at a wedding and kidnapped the groom and three others Friday at a Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, church before escaping, officials say. Chihuahua State Attorney General's Office spokesman Carlos Gonzalez said "It's unclear if this was gang or drug related," CNN reported. The shooting victim, described in his 20s, was shot in the back in the church's parking lot while running from the scene, Gonzalez said. The groom, his brother, uncle and best man were kidnapped, CNN said. In...
  • (South Texas:)FBI reports abduction spike for Hidalgo, Starr counties

    05/01/2010 9:58:21 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 6 replies · 453+ views
    The Monitor ^ | May 01, 2010 | Jeremy Roebuck
    McALLEN — Kidnapping cases in Hidalgo and Starr counties nearly quadrupled in 2009 from the year before, FBI officials said Friday. In all, 42 people were abducted from the area during the fiscal year that ended September — 31 more than in 2008 and 15 more than the FBI investigated in Laredo during the height of a 2005 war between two sparring drug cartels. Much of that increase can be attributed to drug-related activity and a late 2008 kidnapping campaign organized to expand the Zeta’s influence in the Rio Grande Valley, said Jorge Cisneros, spokesman for the bureau’s McAllen office....
  • [South Texas:]Zeta kidnapper sentenced to life in prison

    04/23/2010 10:01:00 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 6 replies · 447+ views
    The Monitor ^ | April 21, 2010 | Jeremy Roebuck
    McALLEN — A man federal prosecutors describe as an “active leader” in a Zeta kidnapping ring was sentenced to life in prison for his role in the 2008 abduction of a Weslaco drug dealer. Luis Alberto “Comandante Cua Cua” Avila Hernandez apologized to 29-year-old Daniel Ramirez Jr.’s family during a sentencing hearing Tuesday while never admitting culpability in his disappearance. “I am not a bad person,” he said in Spanish. “I apologize profusely.” VIOLENT EXPANSION A federal jury convicted Avila, 27, in January of one count each of conspiracy and kidnapping. From August to October 2008, he and at least...
  • [South Texas:]Lawmakers concerned over kidnapping threat

    04/08/2010 4:51:54 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 11 replies · 413+ views
    The Monitor ^ | April 08, 2010 | Jeremy Roebuck and Jared Taylor
    Authorities: Zeta plot to abduct a U.S. elected official nothing but rumors Legislators have been warned to take extra precautions and avoid travel south of the border in light of threats that a Mexican drug trafficking organization could be planning to abduct a U.S. elected official. The Texas Department of Public Safety has briefed several members of the Valley’s state legislative delegation on intelligence reports suggesting the Zetas could be plotting such an attack in an effort to establish their dominance and express frustration over recent U.S. efforts in Mexico’s ongoing war against its drug cartels, according to state officials....
  • Law enforcement foils alleged kidnap-murder scheme[South Texas/Mexico]

    04/06/2010 10:39:39 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 3 replies · 491+ views
    KGNS ^ | April 5, 2010
    Authorities foil an attempted kidnapping and murder, with the Zapata County Sheriff's Department arresting five men believed to be drug cartel members. The Zapata County Sheriff's Department received information on Friday that five men were planning a kidnapping in Zapata. The sheriff along with Texas Rangers and Border Patrol set surveillance for two days at a mobile home, on Saturday deputies saw a vehicle they believed to be connected delivering food to the home. Deputies conducted a traffic stop and arrested 30-year-old Arturo Cisneros of Zapata, for no driver's license. Also 33 year old Ariel Perez Mendoza from Toluca, Mexico,...
  • [South Texas:]Three Men Sentenced for Hostage Taking of Local Businessman

    03/24/2010 3:05:29 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 7 replies · 195+ views
    FBI - San Antonio ^ | March 23, 2010
    McALLEN, TX—Gilberto Ivan Gonzalez-Pena, 26, Jose Alfredo Gonzalez, 37, and Uvaldo Quintero, 27, have been sentenced to federal prison for taking a local businessman hostage, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno announced today. All three men pleaded guilty to hostage taking in 2009: Gonzalez-Pena, of Rio Bravo, Tamaulipas, Mexico, on May 29; Gonzalez, of San Antonio, Texas, on May 8; and Quintero, of Weslaco, Texas, on March 31. At a hearing this afternoon, U.S. District Judge Randy Crane sentenced Gonzalez-Pena, Gonzalez and Quintero to 13, 14, and six years, respectively. The court also ordered the defendants be placed on a...
  • [South Texas:]Trial: Kidnapping victim 'cooked' in Mexico

    01/20/2010 2:42:23 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 11 replies · 1,354+ views
    KGBT ^ | January 20, 2010
    A kidnapping ring is accused of taking its Rio Grande Valley victims to Mexico where they were tortured, held for ransom and in one case -- killed. The trial for alleged kidnapping ring member Luis Alberto Avila-Hernandez started before U.S. District Court Judge Randy Crane in McAllen on Tuesday. Several witnesses have testified against Avila-Hernandez, including the relatives of victims and his co-defendant Gerardo Zamora-Espinoza. The Associated Press reported that Zamora-Espinoza testified that the kidnappings where committed on the behalf of the Mexican Gulf cartel's enforcers. Zamora-Espinoza told jurors that the body of kidnapping victim Daniel Ramirez, Jr. was "cooked"...
  • Mauritania: Tighter security after Al-Qaeda abductions

    12/22/2009 4:05:09 AM PST · by Cindy · 7 replies · 557+ views
    ADNKRONOS.com - AKI ^ | Nouakchott, 21 Dec. (AKI) | n/a
    Mauritania government has increased security for tourists in the country following the abductions last week of two Italian tourists near the border with Mali. Sergio Cicala and his wife Philomene Kabouree were kidnapped in an area of Mauritania where armed groups with links to Al-Qaeda are known to operate, diplomats said. There are suspicions the couple may have been smuggled into neighbouring Mali. "After these new kidnappings, it has been decided to adopt all necessary measures to ensure the personal security of foreigners in our country," the government said, quoted on Monday by pan-Arab daily al-Quds al-Arabi. It was the...
  • [Mexico:]Kidnapped Reynosa Teen Rescued

    12/02/2009 8:31:49 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 7 replies · 858+ views
    KRGV ^ | 12-01-2009
    REYNOSA, Mexico - A Reynosa teen kidnapped on her way to school is back at home. Officials say the 15-year-old was walking to school when two men forced her into their car. We're told the men used the girl's cell phone to contact her parents and ask for about $20,000. The family managed to get nearly $4,000 and contacted the kidnappers, as well as police. They all agreed to meet at a local supermarket. Authorities say they tried to arrest the kidnappers trying to collect the money. But the men drove off. A short while later, the suspects crashed into...
  • [Texas:]McAllen man kidnapped, held in Mexico returned to U.S. soil

    12/01/2009 12:24:50 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 13 replies · 883+ views
    The Monitor ^ | November 30, 2009 | Jeremy Roebuck
    McALLEN — U.S. federal authorities continue to question a man who was kidnapped from a local coffee shop and held for ransom in Mexico for nearly a week. Raul Alvarado’s abductors allegedly demanded a ransom of $30,000 and two luxury vehicles. But it remains unclear whether any payments were made before Mexican police discovered him bound and beaten in a Reynosa stash house Friday. Alvarado, 36, of McAllen, told Mexican officials that he had intended to meet a business contact from Reynosa at the Starbucks Coffee near the intersection of Expressway 83 and South 10th Street on Nov. 23, when...
  • Security firms see border boom(US/Mexico)

    11/23/2009 12:58:28 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 7 replies · 621+ views
    HOUSTON CHRONICLE ^ | Nov. 23, 2009 | DANE SCHILLER
    Rise in kidnappings prompts more who cross regularly to seek training Security training companies in Texas and elsewhere, bolstered by an alarming increase in kidnappings and violence in Mexico, are finding a new niche in clientele: Americans and Mexicans living, visiting and working across the border. “Mexico has been very good for business lately,” said Dan Johnson, who holds a senior position for consulting and training with ASI Group, a Houston-based private intelligence and global risk-management company. Mexico is often seen as the kidnap capital of the world, with the State Department reporting in an advisory for travelers that dozens...
  • Official's body found hanging from Tijuana bridge

    10/09/2009 9:34:37 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 9 replies · 912+ views
    Houston Chronicle/AP ^ | Oct. 9, 2009
    TIJUANA, Mexico — The mutilated body of a state official who authorities said was suspected of giving fake driver's licenses to drug gang members was found hanging from a bridge Friday in the Mexican border city of Tijuana. Relatives identified the man as Rogelio Sanchez, a Baja California state official in charge of driver's licenses, said Prisma Perez, a spokeswoman for the state Attorney General's Office. Sanchez, 44, was kidnapped Wednesday as he left his home in Tijuana. "The investigation indicates he had been giving licenses to organized crime," Perez said. His body was found hanging from the Morelio bridge...
  • 4 Mexican kidnapping suspects killed in prison[Fake Zetas]

    10/07/2009 10:00:07 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 10 replies · 885+ views
    Taiwan News/ AP ^ | October 7, 2009
    Four suspected kidnappers who allegedly posed as drug cartel members when demanding ransoms have been killed in a prison fight in northern Mexico. The four had been ordered to stand trial last week, and one of them said he feared for his life. Authorities say the four had posed as members of a notorious cartel hit squad, the Zetas.
  • [Mexico:]Kidnapping suspects posed as "Zetas"

    09/29/2009 1:24:19 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 9 replies · 758+ views
    KGNS ^ | Sep 28, 2009 | Ray Gomez
    Nuevo Laredo authorities arrest a group of alleged kidnappers that posed as members of the Zetas. The group had already kidnapped three people and was arrested by state police and Mexican soldiers. All seven including three women were involved in the kidnappings. According to police they would research their victims and their families and ask them for ransom money. When authorities made the arrests they were able to rescue their latest victim. Authorities also confiscated two weapons and six vehicles used in the kidnappings.
  • Two men kidnapped after gunshots near Alton[South Texas]

    09/01/2009 6:43:24 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 10 replies · 927+ views
    The Monitor ^ | August 31, 2009 | Jared Taylor
    NEAR ALTON — Gunshots broke out late Friday afternoon before a gang of men kidnapped two others near a rural workshop beside an orchard. Sheriff’s deputies said several men kidnapped Armado Cantu and Eliberto Mireles were working at the tool shop at 10612 N. Moorefield Road about 5:30 p.m. Friday. Dispatchers received a call about a shooting, but after deputies arrived it was clear two men had also been kidnapped, Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Treviño said. Witnesses told deputies Cantu and Mireles were working outside the tool shop when several men pulled up in a white Ford Explorer and a...
  • Immigrants Become Hostages as Gangs Prey on Mexicans

    06/11/2009 2:38:38 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 11 replies · 1,328+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 10, 2009 | John Millman
    EL MIRAGE, Ariz. -- A whispered 911 call from a cellphone early one January morning brought police to a home on West Columbine Drive in this Phoenix suburb. Inside, they found more than 30 half-naked and shivering men -- prisoners, police say, of a gang that had smuggled them in from Mexico. Beaten and threatened with a 9-mm Beretta pistol, a local detective's report said, the men were being shaken down for as much as $5,000 apiece, a ransom above the $1,000 that each had agreed to pay before being spirited across the border. Such cases are increasingly common in...
  • [12 Mexican]Soldiers arrested ; Use of missing man's car started rights case

    05/13/2009 6:53:35 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 5 replies · 608+ views
    LAREDO MORNING TIMES ^ | May 13, 2009 | MIGUEL TIMOSHENKOV
    NUEVO LAREDO - In a rare move, the national military prosecutor's office has arrested 12 soldiers in the Mexican Army, including four officers, and will court-martial them on charges of murder in the deaths of three Nuevo Laredoans missing since March 14.The bodies of Miguel Ángel Gama Habif, Israel Ayala Ramírez and Aarón Rojas de la Fuente were found buried in a clandestine grave about 60 miles south of Nuevo Laredo, near the town of Vallecillos in the neighboring state of Nuevo Leon. Raymundo Ramos Vásquez of the non-profit Human Rights Commission in Nuevo Laredo said the remains were exhumed...
  • Abductions plague both sides of border

    05/12/2009 4:28:26 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 3 replies · 450+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | May 12, 2009 | DUDLEY ALTHAUS
    Mexico’s crime nightmare hits home for Texan trying to rescue siblings DURANGO, Mexico — They have been missing now for more than three months — the two brothers and sister of Texan Jose Esparza — snatched by armed men from their rural town in the high desert of Durango state. From his home in San Antonio, Esparza has spent all his money and countless hours unsuccessfully lobbying Mexican and U.S. officials to help rescue his siblings. He has brought from Mexico his aging mother and a niece and a nephew to try to keep them safe. He has been consumed...
  • Man missing[in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico]

    04/22/2009 10:55:22 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 5 replies · 475+ views
    LAREDO MORNING TIMES ^ | April 22, 2009 | MIGUEL TIMOSHENKOV
    FBI takes case of Laredo father The case of a missing Laredoan who was torn from his wife's arms as they and his brother and sister-in-law left a night club in Nuevo Laredo is now in the hands of the FBI, officials confirmed Tuesday. Mario Espinoza, 27, was reported missing by his family after he was forced into a vehicle by a group of men in the pre-dawn hours of Sunday near Africa, a popular night club in downtown Nuevo Laredo. The FBI is investigating the case of Espinoza, a U.S. citizen who is a resident of Laredo, said Special...
  • Girls missing[in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico]

    04/01/2009 4:37:52 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 10 replies · 2,341+ views
    LAREDO MORNING TIMES ^ | April 1, 2009 | JASON BUCH
    Families ask for help finding them The families of two young women who went missing during the weekend in Nuevo Laredo are asking for help locating them. Yazmin Silva, 19, and Nidia Benavides, 18, went to Nuevo Laredo on Saturday night and have not been heard from since, family members said. Silva's family gathered in their south Laredo home Tuesday to give a statement to the media seeking help finding her. The former Alexander High School student is studying at Laredo Community College to be a teacher, family members said. "Yazmin is a loving daughter, sister and outstanding student at...
  • Congressional Testimony by Robert S. Mueller, III

    03/25/2009 3:37:15 PM PDT · by Cindy · 5 replies · 411+ views
    FBI.gov ^ | March 25, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: http://www.fbi.gov/congress/congress09/mueller032509.htm Congressional Testimony Robert S. Mueller, III Director Federal Bureau of Investigation Statement Before the Senate Judiciary Committee March 25, 2009 Good morning Chairman Leahy, Senator Specter, and Members of the Committee. I am pleased to be here today. As you know, we in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have undergone unprecedented transformation in recent years, from developing the intelligence capabilities necessary to address emerging terrorist and criminal threats, to creating the administrative and technological structure necessary to meet our new mission as a national security service. Today, the FBI is a...