Wilson Ramos, 24-year old Washington Nationals catcher, who was kidnapped 2 days ago in Venezuela was rescued when Venezuelan police commandos swooped in to rescue him in a flurry of gunfire and arrested five alleged abductors.
He was seized at gunpoint outside his home Wednesday night and whisked away in an SUV and had not been heard from since the kidnapping. He had had recently returned to his homeland after his rookie year with the Nationals to play during the offseason in the Venezuelan league.
Five men were arrested in the kidnapping, including a Colombian “linked to paramilitary groups and to kidnapping groups,” El Aissami said.
“I don’t know who those people were. I know they’re Colombians by their accent,” Ramos said. “Three guys grabbed me there in front of my house, they took me to another SUV and from there they took me into the mountains,” in central Carabobo state.
He said his abductors spoke little to him. “They simply told me to cooperate, that they were going to ask for a ton of cash for me.”
“They put me in a room with a bed. I was lying there,” he said. “It was hard for me to think about, if I was going to get out alive first of all … about how my family, my mother were.”
“As soon as I feel all right, I’m going to start playing,” Ramos said.
“They didn’t physically harm me, but psychologically I underwent very great harm,” he said.
This was the first kidnapping of major league player in Venezuela. The country has one of the highest murder rates in Latin America, and the vast majority of crimes go unsolved. The kidnappings in the country are also on the rise.