Thursday, March 15, 2007
Law enforcement authorities in Tijuana have arrested four men who they say kidnapped an executive with the Philips company last week. Authorities say the leader of the group belongs to a kidnapping ring that made international headlines ten years ago. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has details.
Law enforcement authorities say the kidnappers snatched the executive from the parking lot of a well-known Tijuana business. Authorities did not release details. However, a Tijuana news source says he was a Mexican executive with Philips manufacturing.
Authorities say his family paid a $10,000 ransom to free the executive.
The phone calls to negotiate the payment ultimately led authorities to the mastermind Gladis Omar Iriarte.
They say he belongs to a group of kidnappers that grabbed a Japanese Sanyo executive from a company picnic in Tijuana in 1996.
The most recent kidnapping has provoked a wave of concern among many in Tijuana's manufacturing Maquiladora industry.
Amy Isackson, KPBS News.