Investigators: Man fights off alleged machete-wielding kidnapper
NEAR WESLACO — Angel Alberto Lopez found himself in an abandoned house, but didn’t know where he was.
He freed himself from the rope that bound his hands after the man guarding him had left the room, then hid in a closet and waited for his guard to return.
When the man came back, Lopez emerged from the closet. The man lunged at him with a machete, landing a blow on Lopez’s hand.
Lopez grabbed a piece of wood from the floor and smacked the man on the head. He jumped through an opened window and was later found by police.
Texas Rangers investigators would not release details about the alleged aggravated kidnapping on Wednesday. But Lopez’s story — a tale that has become all too familiar in the Rio Grande Valley over the past several years — emerged in a criminal complaint after state investigators arrested Jose Sanchez Martinez on Monday.
Lopez told investigators he was traveling with Martinez, 55, in his white Honda last month near the intersection of Mile 14 North and Mile 6 near Weslaco, the complaint states.
Martinez stopped the car. Two men came from behind, took Lopez out of the car and pointed a handgun toward him, the complaint states. The men tried to bind his arms with duct tape as he struggled. Eventually, they tied him up with a rope and stuffed him into the Honda’s trunk.
The men took Lopez into the abandoned house, where he eventually freed himself from the rope and managed his escape, the complaint states. It is unclear how long he was held against his will.
Texas Rangers and Department of Public Safety investigators arrested Martinez on Monday during an undercover surveillance operation.
Martinez confessed to his part in the kidnapping and implicated Miguel Sanchez, 57, as the man he allegedly hired to find other men to kidnap Lopez, the complaint states. Investigators found and arrested Sanchez on Tuesday.
During another undercover operation Tuesday, investigators arrested Freddy Gonzales, 28, and Charles Ray Hillis, 41, in connection with the alleged kidnapping.
Sanchez confessed to the kidnapping, the complaint states. He told investigators Martinez asked him to help collect an unknown debt from Lopez. Sanchez said Hillis recruited additional manpower to carry out the kidnapping, with Martinez’s white Honda to be given to the men as payment.
Investigators continue to look for an unidentified Hispanic male who allegedly participated in the crime.
Gonzales, Martinez and Sanchez have been formally charged with aggravated kidnapping. Bond was set at $100,000 for each man.
Hillis, who denied knowledge of the kidnapping, is set to face the same charge at an arraignment hearing scheduled for today.
Aggravated kidnapping is a first degree felony that carries a maximum life sentence and up to a $10,000 fine upon conviction.
Source - http://www.themonitor.com/articles/kidnapper-44165-machete-weslaco.html
20+ million ILLEGAL aliens are in the United States of America.
Right now in the United States of America, ILLEGAL aliens have more rights than you do!
9/26/2010 - HAZELTON, PA - UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - IT'S ILLEGAL TO ARREST AN ILLEGAL ALIEN. IT'S ILLEGAL TO ARREST OR PUNISH THOSE WHO HIRE OR RENT TO ILLEGAL ALIENS!!!
"There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag, and this excludes the red flag, which symbolizes all wars against liberty and civilization, just as much as it excludes any foreign flag of a nation to which we are hostile...We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language...and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people." --Theodore Roosevelt
"This nation is in danger of becoming a Third World nightmare with all the corruption, disease, illiteracy, violence and balkanization known all over the world. We need a 10-year moratorium on all immigration to catch our collective breath and we need deportation of over 10 million illegal aliens in a slow and orderly fashion." --Ed Garrison
“The 1987 amnesty was a failure; rather than reducing illegal immigration, it led to an increase,” FAIR stated. “Any new amnesty measure will further weaken respect for our immigration laws. Therefore, all amnesty measures must be defeated.” --Frosty Wooldridge
President barry shits on the United States.
This is a picture of YOUR American president, (president barry soetoro, a.k.a barack obama) refusing to acknowledge the National Anthem of the United States of America. This picture clearly shows barry with his hands crossed across his vaginal area when the United States Anthem was playing.
barry has NO RESPECT for you, me, or America! Not only did he disrespect America, he just shit on the graves of every American Soldier that has died for this country.
6/15/2010 - PRESIDENT BARRY CAN'T EVEN KEEP A U.S. PARK OPEN!!! He gave the park to mexico & the illegal alien mexican drug cartel!!!
7/6/2010 - American President barry soetoro sues AMERICA!!!
9/11/2010 - YOUR president just gave mexico $1 billion dollars for deepwater oil drilling despite his own moratorium on U.S. deepwater drilling!? More proof that barry hates America!
1. the offense of acting to overthrow one's government or to harm or kill its sovereign. 2. A violation of allegiance to one's sovereign or to one's state. 3. the betrayal of a trust or confidence; breach of faith; treachery.
1. a person who betrays another, a cause, or any trust. 2. a person who commits treason by betraying his or her country.
May his days be few; may another take his place of leadership.
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What's in their backpacks? Are any of them sick with a contagious disease?
United States Code, Title 8, Chapter 12, Subchapter II, Part VIII, §1325 - "Improper Entry by Alien," any citizen of any country other than the United States who: 1) Enters or attempts to enter the United States at any time or place other than as designated by immigration officers; or 2) Eludes examination or inspection by immigration officers; or 3) Attempts to enter or obtains entry to the United States by a willfully false or misleading representation or the willful concealment of a material fact; has committed a federal crime.
Violations are punishable by criminal fines and imprisonment for up to six months. Repeat offenses can bring up to two years in prison. Additional civil fines may be imposed at the discretion of immigration judges, but civil fines do not negate the criminal sanctions or nature of the offense.
1. FORBIDDEN BY LAW; UNLAWFUL; ILLICIT 2. UNAUTHORIZED OR PROHIBITED BY A CODE OF OFFICIAL OR ACCEPTED RULES
3. A PERSON WHO HAS ENTERED OR ATTEMPTED TO ENTER A COUNTRY ILLEGALLY
1. a foreigner who has entered or resides in a country unlawfully or without the country's authorization. 2. a foreigner who enters the U.S. without an entry or immigrant visa, esp. a person who crosses the border by avoiding inspection or who overstays the period of time allowed as a visitor, tourist, or businessperson.
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