Matt Potter 12:30 p.m., March 5
Kidnapped Businessman Rescued by Soldiers
Friday night, March 23rd, a Tijuana lumber executive being held hostage was rescued from his captors. The man was abducted on March 15th, and was being held hostage for a $1 million dollar ransom. The 68 year old man’s identity is being withheld for his personal safety.
Mexican army soldiers detained four suspects during the rescue. Weapons, ammunition, and drugs were found at the house where the rescue took place.
Mexico saw an increase in kidnappings in 2011. The Council for Law and Human Rights calculate the number at 49 kidnapping per day. The non-governmental agency estimates that only 1 in 10 kidnappings are reported and investigated.
Kidnapping and murder trials are currently under way in San Diego, prosecuting a cross-border gang. 17 alleged members of the Los Palillos gang, a splinter-cell of the Arellano-Felix cartel, are being prosecuted for numerous murders and kidnappings in the area.