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#483663 - 01/22/14 09:50 AM Crazy Kidnapping in Corozal
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Copper Bank Couple Gets Free With 15G In Cash

Tonight, three Corozalenos are lucky to be alive after a crazy kidnapping in Copper Bank village. It appears to have been planned with professional precision, executed with ruthless efficiency, and it didn't end until the captors got paid!

And so, right now, the Copper Bank family is in a sustained state of terror. And right that they should be: 3 of them were held up by 4 armed gunmen, who abducted 2 of them.

24 year-old Sabino Nah, his brother 32 year-old Eduardo Nah, and Eduardo's common-law wife, Roxanie Cruz had just gotten home last night just before 8 o'clock when 4 armed masked men barged into their compound, assaulted one of them, and ransacked the family's home and took Eduardo and Roxanie hostage.

Police responded as soon as they got the call, and today, the OC of the Corozal Police District explained what the officers found on the scene:

Supt. Andrew Ramirez, OC - Corozal Police
"About 7:35pm on yesterday's date whilst along with his brother Eduardo Nah and his sister-in-law Roxanie Cruz - on upon arriving at their residence Roxanie had apparently opened the gate in order for Eduardo to drive his 4Runner with Stann Creek license plates in the yard. Upon driving into the yard and into the garage and Mrs. Roxanie closing the gate, 4 masked individuals run into the compound armed with firearms whereby one on them hot Gabino to the head and told him to lie down. He was handcuffed to the back, thereafter he saw an opportunity to make good his escape in order to seek for help."

"Upon his returned a short while after he did not locate his brother, his sister-in-law nor the 4Runner belonging to his brother. About 12am on the 21st, Eduardo Nah arrived with his common-law-wife Roxanie where he was met by a team of police officers who were assigned to the residence waiting for the investigation."

Police from the Corozal and the Orange Walk Districts activated and the shut down the roadways while conducting extensive searches in the surrounding villages of the Corozal area. They didn't find anything, but in a stroke of good fortune the armed abductors released the couple, mostly unharmed, but not before getting $15,000 in cash from them.

Supt. Andrew Ramirez, OC - Corozal Police
"He along with his common-law-wife were placed inside their home where the assailants ransacked a room or two. They were subsequently placed in their 4Runner and headed towards the direction of Orange Walk Town. Unfortunately they ended up stopping in a cane field between the Progresso and San Estevan villages where he was interrogated concerning the whereabouts of some drugs, cocaine. He denied having knowledge of such substance. However he was relieve of what he reported to us as $15,000 cash. A demand was made to him for an additional sum of money in the near future. That date we have not yet gotten from him, but what we have at this point in time."

"The description that was given to us was that these individuals were of clear complexion speaking Spanish language. The Spanish language would be those consisting of Belizean Spanish."

So, as you heard the Commanding Officer from the Corozal Police District say, the captors, who are believed to be locals, questioned Eduardo Nah about drugs, and it was not until he handed that substantial amount of money that he and his wife were released. We asked Ramirez what answers the couple gave about how they managed to get that large sum of money together to hand over as a ransom to buy for their release. Here's what Eduardo Nah told police:

Daniel Ortiz
"Sir, did the victims disclose how is it that they manage to hand over such a large sum of cash of such a short notice in time?"

Supt. Andrew Ramirez, OC - Corozal Police
"They have indicated through the initial interview that Eduardo had recently sold a land and why he kept that amount at his house, I do not know. But that was his explanation as to why the quantum of money."

"I am glad to have these 2 individuals alive. The primary function of the police department is protection of life and property."

Police have investigated the origin of that chip, and they have recovered the handcuff, which they recovered from Sabino Nah, which was used to restrain him. That has also been sent for testing where it will be dusted for fingerprints and then cross-referenced with the police's AFIX fingerprinting system.

Again, police believe that the abductors are Belizeans, and at this time, they are following up on all leads. The surveillance footage which was captured at the Nah family home is also in police hands, and they are reviewing it.

Police granted that interview in Corozal late this evening - and so tomorrow we'll have a more detailed review of this very compelling and unusual event.

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#483811 - 01/23/14 12:27 PM Re: Crazy Kidnapping in Corozal [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline

Copper Bank Kidnapping Still A Mystery

On last night’s news we had excerpts of our very late interview with Superintendent Andrew Ramirez about the Kidnapping of the Copper Bank Family in Corozal which happened on Monday night.

We’ve since had a bit more time to prepare it, and Daniel Ortiz revisits the elements of this very frightening but compelling incident. Here’s his story:

Daniel Ortiz Reporting

32 year-old Eduardo Nah, his common-law wife, 25 year-old Roxanie Cruz, and 24 year-old Sabino Nah, and the rest of the family were escorted from their Copperbank home to the Corozal Community Hospital today, to ensure that they were in good health.

We’re told they had a few minor injuries. Them being alive is a turn in good fortune.

Supt. Andrew Ramirez - OC, Corozal Police District
"I am glad to have these 2 individuals alive. The primary function of the police department is protection of life and property."

Last night 4 armed hispanic men abducted the Nah brothers’ and Eduardo’s wife’s at gunpoint.

It happened here at the family’s home last night just before 8 o’clock. The 3 victims had just arrived on their property when they were immediately ambushed by the men, who wasted no time in asserting authority and dominance over them. Edwardo was struck in the head with the butt of a black rifle, and then ordered to lie flat on the ground, where he was handcuffed. One of the men stood over him.

Supt. Andrew Ramirez
"4 masked individuals run into the compound armed with firearms. The description that was given to us was that these individuals were of clear complexion speaking Spanish language. The Spanish language would be those consisting of Belizean Spanish."

All of this happened with the family’s security surveillance cameras in full view, but the gunmen were determined in their attack.

The other 3 men forced Eduardo and Roxanie to enter their house.

Supt. Andrew Ramirez
"He along with his common-law-wife were placed inside their home where the assailants ransacked a room or two. They were subsequently placed in their 4Runner."

Sabino's unwanted security guard was distracted momentarily, he took the opportunity to escape.
Sabino went alerting his neighborhood asking for help, and when he returned shortly after, the 4 men had already left with Roxanie and Eduardo, they had left in the vehicle 3 victims had arrived in. Police searched the Corozal and Orange Walk Districts for the entire night, but they couldn’t find the abducted couple or any of the 4 men.

Supt. Andrew Ramirez
"Response from the Corozal and Orange Walk Police was to cordon off the entire area of the northern districts, especially the ferry areas. We did extensive searches amongst the villages of Sarteneja, San Estevan, and Progresso. About 12 a.m., Eduardo Nah arrived with his common-law wife, Roxannie, where he was met by a team of police officers assigned to the residence, waiting for the investigation

The next morning, they 2 hostages miraculously returned home in their vehicle, mostly unharmed but visibly shaken.

Eduardo told investigators that after the men abducted them, they were driven in their own vehicle to a cane field outside of San Estevan Village.

Supt. Andrew Ramirez
"They ended up stopping in a cane field between the Progresso and San Estevan villages where he was interrogated concerning the whereabouts of some drugs, cocaine. He denied having knowledge of such substance. However he was relieve of what he reported to us as $15,000 cash. A demand was made to him for an additional sum of money in the near future. That date we have not yet gotten from him, but what we have at this point in time."

Eduardo said that he handed over $15,000 in cash to the men, and that’s how their captors released them. One of the men stole his cellular phone, gave him a chip, and told him that he would receive further instructions for more money.
But how did the couple have such a large quantum of money simply lying around to hand over at such short notice?

Supt. Andrew Ramirez
"They have indicated through the initial interview that Eduardo had recently sold a land and why he kept that amount at his house, I do not know. But that was his explanation as to why the quantum of money."

The men then left them in the cane field, to wait until they had left the area, and that's when the two hostages were released. Today, the family, traumatized by the entire incident, told us that they would rather not comment to the media. The investigators believe that the abductors conducted extensive surveillance on the Nah family.

Supt. Andrew Ramirez
"We must be mindful that especially in kidnapping, it needs a lot of studying of the target. It's not a one-day shop center. It takes time, many days or months, sometime weeks. But, as to how our why Mr. Eduardo ended up reaching safely back to his house - with a few injuries of course, it is your guess, just like mine."†

Just before News time tonight, 7News spoke with Superintendent Ramirez, who told us that there are currently no new developments in the case. He says that they are in the process of interviewing individuals, but no strong leads have emerged.

This is the second kidnapping for this month so far, the first one, viewers may remember, happened at the Parrot’s Nest Lodge off Bullet Tree where American Tourists Kathen and Manisha Kotay were abducted 3 weeks ago. They were recovered unharmed after a quick response from the community and law enforcement. Those captors demanded $75,000, but they were thwarted before any money handed over.

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#483884 - 01/24/14 09:42 AM Re: Crazy Kidnapping in Corozal [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline

The Kidnappers Called Back!

For the past 2 nights, 7News has been telling you about the kidnapping which happened in Copper Bank, Corozal. The captors managed to get with $15,000 in cash, but it seems that this amount wasn't enough. Supt. Andrew Ramirez, the officer commanding Corozal Police, confirmed to our colleagues at CTV3 News that the assailants made contact with the family today demanding more money.

Viewers may remember that when the 4 men stole the money, they took Eduardo Nah's cell phone and gave him a chip which they would use to contact him. They did so today. Corozal Police have been busy today tracking down leads, trying to find out who these individuals are, but they have not made any progress as yet.

As we reported, Eduardo Nah; his common-law, Roxannie Cruz; and his brother, Sabino Nah were ambush on Monday night at their house when they arrived. The men ransacked the family house, and too Eduardo and Roxannie hostage. They drove the couple out to a cane field in San Estevan Village and interrogated Eduardo about the location about cocaine he had allegedly found. He told police that he didn't know what they were talking about, it wasn't until he handed over 15 the large sum of cash that he and his wife were released.

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