skip to main content

Listen

Read

Watch

Schedules

Programs

Events

Give

Account

Donation Heart Ribbon

In Tijuana, Four Suspects Arrested for Kidnapping Philips Executive

Audio

Aired 4/19/09

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.

To view PDF documents, Download Acrobat Reader.

Please stay on topic and be as concise as possible. Leaving a comment means you agree to our Community Discussion Rules. We like civilized discourse. We don't like spam, lying, profanity, harassment or personal attacks.

comments powered by Disqus