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Two more arrests made in Wilson Ramos kidnapping case

A team of investigators prepare for the searching and tracking of Washington Nationals' catcher Wilson Ramos at the Cuerpo de Investigaciones Cient AP Photo/Lexander Loiza

Investigators in Valencia, Venezuela, Friday Nov 11, 2011.
AP Photo/Lexander Loiza

(CBS/AP) CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuelan police said Monday that they have arrested two more people in the kidnapping of Washington Nationals' catcher Wilson Ramos.

Two men, a Colombian and a Venezuelan, were captured while with several other people in Moron, a town near where Ramos was held captive, according to National Investigative Police Chief Humberto Ramirez. Police are still searching for other suspects.

Ramirez told reporters at a news conference that police found guns and cell phones that "directly linked" them to the kidnapping.

According to Ramirez, the Colombian man, Alexander Moreno Bolanos, 26, is "linked with paramilitary groups." The other man, Arturo Francisco Rojas Yepez, 32, is from the Venezuelan town of Tovar.

Ramirez said authorities are now searching for several other Colombians and have physical descriptions and nicknames of some of the suspects.

"We're coordinating with Colombian authorities to acquire information" to help identify the men, Ramirez said.

Ramos was kidnapped at gunpoint outside his family's home in Valencia last week. He was rescued by police commandos at a remote location in the mountains over the weekend. Justice Minister Tareck El Aissami has said four of the abductors escaped amid gunfire during the rescue.

After his escape, Ramos said that his kidnappers had planned the abduction with the help of an informant who had studied the baseball player's movements. Ramos said his abductors told him they were going to demand a large ransom.

  • Crimesider Staff

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