Two policemen added to the strange kidnap case

Judicial Investigating Organization photo This is one of the camouflage outfits found at the homes of the suspects in Bello Horizonte.

A strange kidnapping case that centers on Escazú got stranger Wednesday.

This is the case that resulted in the arrest of two Colombians over the weekend and the discovery Tuesday of 44 fragmentation grenades and sniper clothing at their homes.

Wednesday two police officers from a special tactical unit were linked to the case.

Judicial agents alleged that the two Colombians kidnapped an individual and tried to extort $2 million from the victim’s family by using threats, including the display of a fragmentation grenade.

Agents said they managed to free the kidnapped hostage before any money was paid, but they are keeping a tight grip on details. The name of the hostage was not revealed nor the circumstances.

The Poder Judicial identified the two Colombian men by the last names of González Castro and Ramírez Montoya. A judge has jailed them for three months of preventative detention.

The arrest of the Fuerza Pública officers brought quick press release from the Ministerio de Gobernación, Policía y Seguridad Pública in which officials pledged cooperation with investigators. Ministry officials have suffered through a number of embarrassing arrests of policemen.

The two officers were identified by the last names of Ortega Vega and Aguilar Núñez. Late Wednesday afternoon they were in a private hearing before a judge in Pavas where their future was being decided. The officers were detained in Acosta and Turrialba. They were members of the Grupo de Apoyo Operacional.

Judicial agents did report Wednesday that the police officers are suspected of holding the kidnap victim until the two Colombians arrived. The crime was reported to have happened more than a week ago in San José.

There was no explanation as to why the police officers would involve themselves in such a case.

There also was no explanation why a resident of Bello Horizonte de Escazú would need the camouflage outfit of a sniper.

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