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In Tijuana, Four Suspects Arrested for Kidnapping Philips Executive


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.

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