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Mexican authorities arrest three Texans accused of kidnapping migrants in border city of Pedras Negras

January 19, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Mexican authorities arrest three Texans accused of kidnapping migrants in border city of Pedras Negras

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Three people from Texas were taken into custody for their purported roles in the kidnapping of three migrants trying to cross into the United States through the Rio Grande.

According to local reports, a young woman and two male minors from Honduras were kidnapped when they got to the Mexican border city of Piedras Negras.

The case was launched last weekend when state officials received information about three kidnapping victims being held at a house in the Acoros neighborhood, Breitbart Texas reported.

When agents with the Coahuila State Attorney General’s Anti-Kidnapping Unit arrived at the scene, they managed to rescue two teen males who were 16- and 17-years-old, along with a 24-year-old woman. All of the victims were natives of Honduras and are in the process of being sent back to their country.

Authorities also arrested three alleged kidnappers who are U.S. citizens from Texas. The kidnappers have been identified as Brenda Flores Montañez, 33, Luis Alfredo Lara Sorio, 20, and Ramon Rios, 45. The three suspects are still in custody on aggravated kidnapping charges.

The victims were immigrating to the U.S. and were intending to enter the country illegally through Eagle Pass, Texas. When the three arrived in Piedras Negras, the Hondurans were abducted with the intent to obtain large ransoms.

Mexican Police officials say human smuggling groups in the area stalk the local bus station, waiting for people looking to cross into Texas. The groups abduct their victims and hold them captive in stash houses and demand the victims’ family members in the United States pay ransom for their safe release.

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