LAREDO, TEXAS—On January 15, Laredo North Border Patrol agents assigned to the checkpoint on Interstate Highway 35 rescued a United States Citizen female and her two children from an alleged kidnapping attempt.
At approximately 9:55 p.m., a grey Chevrolet Impala occupied by an adult male, an adult female, and two minor children approached the primary inspection lane. Before an immigration inspection could be conducted, the female passenger of the vehicle exclaimed that she and her two children were being held against their will. The driver of the vehicle was detained and an investigation of the alleged kidnapping ensued. The female passenger and her children were escorted inside the checkpoint for further questioning.
The female subject claimed that the male driver encountered her at a local pizza restaurant on Zapata Highway in Laredo, Texas and forced her into his vehicle. The victim stated that her abductor threatened to take her to an unidentified ranch to cause bodily harm to her. The female victim's face exhibited visible signs of physical abuse and she requested medical attention. Laredo Emergency Medical Services arrived at the checkpoint and transported the victim to a local hospital in Laredo, Texas.
The Laredo Police (LPD) took custody of the driver and the vehicle.
The two minor children were released to their grandparents.
To report suspicious activity such as drug and/or alien smuggling, contact the Laredo Sector Border Patrol toll free telephone number at (800) 343-1994.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.