To me it sounds more like two idiots with a gun and driving the car of some business (they may have been working for?) thought there was easy money in kidnapping a businessman. Apparently the "businessman" in question was freed on Duarte Hwy in between Santiago and La Vega... alive, as they allegedly were unable to get the 2 million PESO ransom.
The police seems to indicate they have one in custody already... if so, the other one won't last much.
While these idiots don't seem to have had the routine, guts and know how to pull this thru "successfully" and don't seem to belong to an "organization", it still may raise concerns. I seem to see more beggars lately, more "public" stuff being stolen... even some vandalism... just in the last couple of months... Some people seem not only to go desperate but even hungry. A dangerous tendency for the stability of this country's frail political "stability" and ecconomy.
2 million pesos is not a lot for a ransom, is it not?
Approximately 60,000 US dollars. That is a considerable amount depending upon how much he is worth. I know many who could not raise that amount of money in short notice, or even within months. It's all relative, so to speak.
Thanks for the posts, I just wanted more info on the matter, since I don't speak Spanish to read local papers. This site is good for this, getting information. Unfortunately, one does have to start with a 'rumour' to get information flowing. Thanks again.
If that kidnapping occurred in Mexico, the man would've probably been killed. It's a good thing they let him go.
I'll tell you why I didn't mention it a) he was kidnapped on Thursday night & released a mere 26 hours later unharmed &, b) more importantly, the family were seemingly not co-operating with the police because they didn't want anything to go wrong. Under those circumstances it always seems to me better to remain silent until after the event.
Originally Posted by Conchman
Word on the street is that they paid and that's why it was over so quickly.
sacandomelao: Versiones dicen familiares si tuvieron que pagar por liberación empresario secuestrado
considering the family has managed to gather this much within such short space of time i guess they must share my point of view.
Originally Posted by catcherintherye
2 million pesos would buy a good jeepeta and not much more... of course most dominicans can only dream about this much money but for rich people it is not a lot.
i don't recall many kidnapping cases in DR thou?
Yes there have been some: the engineer from his Casa de Campo property (? approx 18 months back), the French man from Samana (whose body they found), the American lady from Las Terrenas (posted on DR1), some from outside Santiago last year, and others. Previous Chief of Police had quite a TV presence at the point of rescuing some of the kidnapped.
Originally Posted by dv8
For what it's worth according to Clave Digital current Police Chief is indicating the Puerto Plata kidnapping on Thursday was narco related. 'Con respecto a los secuestros que se han producido en los últimos días, incluyendo el rapto el pasado viernes del empresario Cirilo Polanco Silverio (Raffy) en la ciudad de Puerto Plata, y que fue secuestrado frente a su negocio por dos individuos provistos de armas de fuego, el jefe Policial indicó que todos están ligados al narcotráfico.'
CLAVE DIGITAL - TITULARES
I have absolutely no idea whether this is true or whether it's the Police Dept. way of dealing with a family who handled matters themselves rather than involve the police................
i think there is always a tendency to associate strip-clubs (and clubs in general) owners with drogas. and not only in DR.
If I remember correctly.........
.............the club had been closed a few years back after a raid and the owners were in jail for sometime.............
..........then released and the club reopened............not sure if it was discussed here before or not...............
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