Walter Mencken 9:21 p.m., Oct. 20
- Community Blog
American citizen kidnapped in Rosarito escapes by jumping from car
[While the following story was widely reported in many Baja California news sources, so far, after six days, no American periodical has reported this story.]
Five men participated in the kidnapping of an American citizen and a Mexican citizen in Playas de Rosarito, of which four are now jailed, reported the Deputy Attorney General Against Organized Crime of the Baja California State Attorney General. Those arrested are Osbaldo Sánchez Mendoza, “El Osby” or “El Güero”, 21 years old; Carlos Obrayan Rodríguez Rodríguez, 20; Pablo Gerardo Ramos Castillón, “El Father”, 23; and José Guadalupe Hernández Aviña, “El Lupillo”, 26. In addition, an arrest warrant has been issued for another accomplice who has not been identified by the authorities.
The case was uncovered the afternoon of January 29, 2013, when the American victim jumped from a Mitsubishi Montero SUV that was travelling on calles 5 de Mayo and Roberto Barrios in Rosarito. Behind the kidnap vehicle was a municipal police patrol car. Upon seeing what happened, the police detained the passengers in the Montero, those being Carlos Obrayan and Pablo Gerardo.
The victim is Randy Thomas, a 59-year old retired American citizen. He told the police that he had been kidnapped, as well as his former brother-in-law, who was being held at the Los Potrillos pet supply store located in Ejido Mazatlán in Playas de Rosarito. The American said he was a frequent customer of the pet supply store where he was kidnapped. While he was in the back seat of the kidnappers' car, he could see a Rosarito police car behind them in the rear view mirror, so he jumped out of the car.
The police then went to the pet supply store and rescued the other 26-year old victim, who was tied up hands and feet and gagged. In that building, the police captured Osbaldo Sánchez Mendoza, who was guarding the victim with a .22 caliber Ruger. Days later, after the arrest of the three criminals, the police managed to arrest José Guadalupe Hernández Aviña, who is the intellectual author of the kidnappings. He planned to ask for a $50,000 dollar ransom.
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