Investigators rescue kidnapped Arizona couple in Mexico

Apr 30, 2019

Arizona couple rescued by investigators after being kidnapped and held for ransom in Mexico

TUCSON, Arizona — An Arizona couple has been rescued by investigators after being kidnapped and held for ransom in Mexico.

News outlets reported Monday that the Tucson couple was rescued by members of the Sonora Attorney General's Office investigative branch in Nogales, Mexico, and were returned to the U.S. Saturday.

Authorities say the people, who were not named and are aged 38 and 40, were kidnapped April 24.

Family members reported the kidnappers asked for a $15,000 ransom to secure their release.

The U.S. embassy in Mexico City alerted the Sonora attorney general's office, which located the couple in a house about six miles (10 kilometers) from the Arizona-Mexico border. Several armed men were guarding them.

Mexican authorities have arrested 22-year-old Luis Alberto and 17-year-old Jesús Esteban on kidnapping charges.

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