Agents put end to kidnap scheme

An 18-year-old woman and two men, 25 and 39, have been detained on an allegation that they held a man for ransom.

Judicial police detained them Thursday morning in Coronado when they were in the company of the hostage.

Family members told agents that the 31-year-old man had been grabbed Sunday and that those who held him wanted 1 million colons, about $1,900.

Agents said they detained the woman and a man when they accompanied the victim to his family member’s home, purportedly to pick up the money. The second man was picked up in Coronado Centro based on a description, said agents.

Kidnappings like this have been a traditional way to collect debts in Costa Rica, but agents did not say if this was the case here.

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