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San Antonio Man Busted in Bizarre Kidnapping Scheme

San Antonio Man Busted in Bizarre Kidnapping Scheme


A San Antonio area man, involved in a kidnapping and ransom scheme, has been busted by federal agents.

Acting on a tip from a newly-formed Mexican police anti-kidnapping unit, Agustin Garza, 36, was arrested this week at his home near Bulverde.

"Agents with the FBI Violent Crimes task force took him into custody without incident," Spokeswoman Michelle Lee tells 1200 WOAI news.

According to court papers, late last year a Mexican businessman was kidnapped south of the border and held against his will as part of a plan to extort money from his family.  When negotiations broke down, Garza became involved.  Using a device to alter his voice, he allegedly called a member of the victim's family, who was told "that he should expect to receive (the victim's) fingers" if they didn't pay.

The family eventually paid the 983,000 peso ransom, according to the complaint.  That's worth about $74,000 in U.S. dollars. 

No word about the kidnapping victim, who was snatched December 27th and released January 29th.

If convicted, Garza faces up to life in prison.


 

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