ELOY — Prosecutors in the northern Mexico state of Sonora say a New York-based businessman has been freed after being kidnapped in Eloy a week ago and held for ransom across the border.
Prosecutors say that in a rare cross-border kidnapping, the kidnappers transported the victim across the border at Nogales in the trunk of a car.
Prosecutors haven’t identified the victim by name but say he is a Dominican-born businessman. They say kidnappers contacted the victim’s brother in Orlando, Florida, and demanded a $500,000 ransom for his release.
The Eloy Police Department was involved in the initial missing person investigation.
“Once we received information the subject was possibly being held against his will in a foreign country we contacted the FBI and the investigation was turned over to them,” Eloy Police spokeswoman Officer Kristie Barnette said Monday morning.
Eloy Police said they have no details on the FBI’s investigation. Calls to the FBI were not returned.
The Sonora state government said Sunday that the FBI aided in the investigation. The victim was found Sunday in the Sonora state capital, Hermosillo. He was apparently guarded by a suspected kidnapper from Chihuahua state who had a .45 caliber pistol.
The Arizona Republic identified the victim as Luis Ramón. There was no report as to what or why he was in Eloy or how the kidnapping occurred.
Along the way, authorities said the suspects contacted the victim’s brother, demanding $500,000 in ransom money. But the brother said he could gather only $350,000, which he would do by selling several of his belongings.
The Republic reported agents conducted a search operation and located a 2009 Honda in Hermosillo, where they found the businessman safely inside.
Officers also found a man they identified only as Jose Antonio inside the car along with a handgun. The suspect, originally from Chihuahua, was arrested on suspicion of aggravated kidnapping and possession of a firearm.
No ransom money was paid.