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Kidnapped Arizona couple rescued in Mexico

May 2, 2019

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.

Mexican authorities have arrested a 17-year-old boy and a 22-year-old man who were reportedly armed and standing guard over the kidnapping victims. Both are being held on kidnapping charges.

The attorney general’s office released a partially masked photo of the 22-year-old man and only identified him as “Luis Alberto N.”

The investigation is ongoing and it’s unclear if additional suspects are being sought.

MEXICO TRAVEL ADVISORY

The U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs issued this travel warning below on April 9 urging U.S. citizens to reconsider travel to Sonora because of criminal activity in the state.

“Exercise increased caution in Mexico due to crime and kidnapping. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Violent crime, such as homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery, is widespread. The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in many areas of Mexico as travel by U.S. government employees to these areas is prohibited or significantly restricted.”

Mexico is listed among the countries where visitors are at a higher risk of kidnapping.