Phoenix Police Arrest Two for Kidnapping and Ransoming Illegal Immigrants

Posted on April 28, 2010

From KPHO 5 News:

Phoenix police arrested two men suspected of kidnapping four members of the same family and holding them for ransom. Police say Cesar Angeles Ballesteros and Fernando Rodriquez Beltran were taken into custody over the weekend. Police say the pair is believed to have ambushed a car driven by a man from California who had just picked up four relatives who had been smuggled into the country illegally.

 One of the victims was able to get away and called police. The others were kidnapped at gunpoint and taken to a nearby house and held against their will, police said. Police say the suspects began calling relatives of the victims demanding $2,000 apiece. The suspects gave the relatives an account for depositing the money. Investigators had the account flagged. Three days later, the suspects attempted to withdraw $3,800 from the account. Police were notified and the pair was arrested. 

This is not the first, nor will it be the last, time illegal immigrants are held for ransom in the Phoenix metro area.  Police routinely are called in on kidnapping cases here.  Although kidnappings were down 11% in 2009, there were still a total of 318 cases for the year.  And, police suspect many more cases go unreported due to the illegal immigrant aspect of the case.