CARACAS, Venezuela - Colorado catcher Yorvit Torrealba's 11-year-old son and brother-in-law were released by kidnappers a day after being abducted.
The two were abducted while driving to the boy's school along with a relative of the boy's mother, Venezuelan authorities said in a statement Thursday.
The kidnappers demanded $466,000 in ransom, but none was paid, said Wilmer Flores Trossel, head of Venezuela's federal police.
He said police "established a circle" around the kidnappers after they seized the boy and his relatives Tuesday morning, and the "pressure was fruitful." He didn't give details but said the abductors left the three along a highway outside Caracas on Wednesday night.
No arrests have been made, but police have identified six suspects and are searching for them, Flores Trossel said.
I've often wondered why this didn't happen more often. These central american/carribean/south american countries are so very poor comparitively. Anyone here that is middle class is considered very wealthy to them. Then add to that a player who makes millions and his family is still in the native country.
When we lived in South America, whenever we travelled outside Chile (especially Peru or Bolivia) we were assigned an "agent" (bodyguard) who went with us. Most times they were Israeli army trained and were armed to the max. Getting them through securtiy was always a circus- there is quite a lucrative business in kidnapping expatriates and their families that work for North American companies. It's pretty much like the movie "Proof of Life".
I tried to sneak away and go shopping once while in Bolivia while the agent was eating- big mistake. I was yelled at in three languages for about a half hour. Now I can laugh about it...
I'm just glad that everyone is okay. _________________ "There is NO crying in baseball"
Tom Hanks- "A League of Their Own"
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