Two Arrested in Torture, Robbery of Argentine Businessman
MIAMI (AP) _ An Argentine businessman languished in a warehouse for weeks, bound and tortured by his gun-wielding captors. He was robbed with his own credit cards and forced to sign over a $2 million insurance policy.
He escaped death only by surviving a staged, fiery automobile accident.
A Hollywood thriller? Not according to Metro-Dade homicide detectives, who announced Tuesday they have arrested two of three suspects in the Argentine businessman’s case and are trying to learn the whereabouts of a wealthy Hungarian man and his girlfriend who may have met the same fate.
The case began in November, police said, when the businessman, who has not been identified, was bound, blindfolded and taken to a warehouse in Dade County. For four weeks, police said, he was tortured and robbed by his former business partner and two other men.
The three made thousands of dollars of purchases with the businessman’s credit cards and forced him at gunpoint to sign over his $2 million life insurance policy to his abductors, according to police Sgt. Felix Jimenez.
After he’d liquidated all his accounts, the man was forcibly intoxicated, possibly drugged and left to die in a fiery auto accident, Jimenez said.
``It is still unknown how the victim was able to escape from the burning vehicle,″ Jimenez said. The next thing the man knew, he had woken up at a hospital.
Police identified the suspects as Jorge Delgado, a former business partner of the abducted man; Noel Doorbal; and Daniel Lugo. Delgado and Doorbal were charged Saturday with kidnapping and attempted murder. Lugo was still at large Tuesday.
The victim has since left the country and is helping police in the disappearance of Frank Griga, 32, a telecommunications investor from Budapest, and his girlfriend, Krisztina Furton, 23.
The Hungarian couple were last seen May 24 with the suspects near the Don Shula Resort in Miami Lakes, police said. Their yellow Lamborghini automobile was recovered in a wooded area about 20 miles away on May 27.
Police believe the couple, who had a home in Golden Beach, Fla., could be captive in a warehouse or residence somewhere in South Florida. Griga is worth several million dollars, Jimenz said.
While searching the suspects’ homes, Jimenez said police found personal items belonging to the Hungarians, but he would not elaborate.