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13 charged with kidnapping of four in Isla Mujeres

Isla Mujeres, Q.R. — Authorities have charged 13 people for the kidnapping of four victims in Isla Mujeres. The group of 13 were arrested earlier this month and formally charged Friday after a hearing.

“After presenting evidence, the State Attorney General’s Office obtained from the jurisdictional body the connection to proceedings of 13 people for their probable participation in events possibly constituting the crime of aggravated kidnapping, committed to the detriment of four victims,” the FGE reported in a statement.

According to the Attorney General, Jorge “N”, Raddy Williams “N”, Julio César “N”, Guillermo “N”, Álvaro de Jesús “N”, Rafael Román “N”, José Ángel “N”, Jesús Manuel “N”, María Jesús “ N”, Julio Gabriel “N”, Candelario “N”, Miguel Ángel “N” and Armando “N” will all stand trial.

The group were taken into legal custody February 13 after several men arrived at a home located in the urban area of the Isla Mujeres ejido, where they took a woman and three men out of a vehicle with their hands tied and faces covered.

All four were allegedly forced into the building. An anonymous report to the emergency 9-1-1 alerted police.

“Personnel from the Prosecutor’s Office Specialized in Combating Crimes of Kidnapping and Extortion, presented evidence at the hearing. A judge, after evaluating that evidence, proceeded to dictate the connection to proceedings against the 13 people for their alleged participation in events possibly constituting the crime of aggravated kidnapping in addition to imposing the precautionary measure of preventive detention,” the FGE said.