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Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos kidnapped

Posted on: November 9, 2011 7:57 pm
Edited on: November 10, 2011 10:39 am
 
RamosBy Evan Brunell

Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos has been kidnapped, the Denver Post's bilingual website, VivaColorado.com, reports, with other media sources corroborating the news.

According to El Nacional, Ramos was approached by four gunmen outside his home and taken away. A source said that the kidnappers have yet to contact the family, but El Universal says the "Body of Scientific, Penal and Criminal Investigations" arm of the government has already set up operations at Ramos' home.

El Universal adds that Ramos was taken away in a green car. (UPDATE: The car has been found about an hour away from the where the abduction took place. And the kidnappers still have yet to contact the Ramos family).

Ramos hails from Venezuela, where there is a significant problem with kidnapping. Generally, these crimes are for money and Ramos was a logical target, given that his success in the majors earned him the right to a league-minimum contract, which was $414,500 in 2011. That's a lot of money to most people, especially in Venezuela.

Kidnappings are becoming more and more popular in Venezuela as a way to make money. Many kidnappings are called "express" kidnappings, as the Post writes. This type of kidnapping is when armed men drive a victim around until a ransom is paid.

A U.S. Department of State crime safety report says “groups that specialize in these types of crimes operate with impunity or fear of incarceration.”

Ramos had been planning on playing in around 10 games with the Tigres de Aragua, part of the Venezuelan Winter League, the Washington Post writes. Other Nationals are also in the country to play in the VWL, although none of them were going to be teammates with Ramos.

The 24-year-old just completed his rookie season with Washington, hitting .267/.334/.445 in 435 plate appearances, slugging 15 homers. The righty supplanted Ivan Rodriguez as the starting catcher early on and is expected to start at catcher next season.

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Comments

Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: November 9, 2011 9:53 pm
 

Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos kidnapped

Wow. Just wow.



Since: May 12, 2009
Posted on: November 9, 2011 9:46 pm
 

Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos kidnapped

...in response to the 1st comment



Since: May 12, 2009
Posted on: November 9, 2011 9:45 pm
 

Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos kidnapped

same here.



Since: Nov 13, 2009
Posted on: November 9, 2011 9:44 pm
 

Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos kidnapped

I agree with knicks09 statement.  This is what happens when poverty reigns over a country.  I've read countless news stories here in America on the increase of robbery, theft, and shootings all because of the economic hardship many are facing.  It's going to get worse.  I hope Wilson Ramos can be rescue safely.  



Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: November 9, 2011 9:28 pm
 

Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos kidnapped

Todos proceden del cártel de secuestro!



Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2011 9:26 pm
 

Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos kidnapped

Wow! Scary stuff...



Since: Jan 24, 2008
Posted on: November 9, 2011 9:22 pm
 

Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos kidnapped

ppl are too crazy now....this is what poverty does to ppl tho....its a shame in a society with billionaries that third would countries continue to struggle....i hope Ramos gets returned safely



Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2011 9:18 pm
 

Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos kidnapped

This is terrible! I hope that he is safely returned to his family!



Since: Dec 2, 2009
Posted on: November 9, 2011 9:09 pm
 

Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos kidnapped

very sad.
hope he get released unharmed, and soon.
feel awful for his family.  pray for a non-tragic outcome.

the kidnappers deserve to be taken hostage themselves,
for about 25 to life.









Since: Jul 3, 2007
Posted on: November 9, 2011 9:05 pm
 

Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos kidnapped

This probably won't end with any tragedies, but its messed up that some crooks from South America gotta take a ballplayers hard-earned money.


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