Police shut down Interamericana to solve hostage crisis

Police and investigators blocked the Interamericana Sur with a tractor trailer Sunday to capture a fleeing kidnap suspect.

The capture was the culmination of a major police effort that included air support.

José Andrade Morales, director general of the Fuerza Pública said that the police effort began Sunday morning when officers received word from Heredia that a man had entered a home and taken away an apparent hostage.
Officers located the car with the hostage in Barva and followed it through San José and Cartago.

The roadblock was at a point on the Interamericana Sur called Macho Gaff. The security ministry’s Servicio de Vigilancia Aérea carried judicial authorities to the zone to negotiate with the man.

Judicial agents were able to confiscate a .22-caliber handgun, the Fuerza Pública chief said. The kidnapping lasted from about 8:30 a.m. until about 2:30 p.m. The suspect later was identified as the 27-year-old former boyfriend of the daughter of the man held hostage.

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