11 detained in kidnapping at Barrio Cuba auto agency

Judicial agents made 11 raids Thursday morning to detain as many persons as suspects in the kidnapping of a woman while she worked in an auto showroom in Barrio Cuba Jan. 11.

Kidnapped was a Wendy Miranda Argüello, a 30-year-old former model who also is the daughter of the owner of Autos Leo, the used car dealership. The woman was taken as she worked and carried to what police believe to be a home in Pozos de Santa Ana where she was held until Jan 15. That was when her parents paid 20 million colons, about $40,120 in ransom. Originally kidnappers sought much more.

One of those detained Thursday was a juvenile. The mastermind of the operation was said to be a Panamanian man with the last names of Scott Urranaga. One of those arrested was the former bodyguard of the dealership owner, said informal sources. Three of those detained were women.

Raids were conducted in Desamparados, Alajuelita, Tarbaca and Alajuela. Police also investigated the small home in Pozos where the woman was held. It was a rented location.

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