Brazil police free kidnapped lottery prize winner
Dec. 24, 2013
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian police say they have freed the kidnapped lottery winner of more than $3 million whose captors were demanding a ransom of about $200,000.
Inspector Antonio de Olimin told the G1 news portal a 43-year-old bricklayer who won the lottery about three months ago and his brother were kidnapped Monday in the Sao Paulo suburb of Guarulhos. The names of the two kidnap victims were not revealed.
He said police on Tuesday discovered the house where the two brothers were being held hostage while investigating a gang of bank and cargo truck robbers.
Olimin says one suspected kidnapper was killed in a shootout with police and another was arrested. The two brothers were freed unhurt.
Phone calls to the Guarulhos police department seeking more details went unanswered.