Wilson Ramos Kidnapped

Wilson Ramos, The Kidnapping Of A Vehicle Are Located In Venezuela
Authorities said Thursday they found the car used by armed men who kidnapped the Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos, in a case that reveals a sharp increase in kidnapping against ransom, Venezuela.
Police found the vehicle the kidnappers abandoned in a nearby town Thursday morning and were collecting the evidence, the Justice Minister Tarek El Aissami told reporters.
"It is very important find," he said and promised to save Ramos and catch the kidnappers. He said the anti-kidnapping units led by "the best investigators we" was sent to the area central state of Carabobo.
24-year-old player from Venezuela, who had just finished his rookie season was kidnapped from his hometown of Santa Ines by the kidnappers on Wednesday night.
"The kidnappers have not contacted the family or anybody," said Domingo Alvarez, vice president of the League of professional baseball in Venezuela, in a telephone interview. "We're concerned."
Ramos was taken off the SUV, four armed men from his home, his spokeswoman Katherine Vilera Venezuelan team, the Aragua Tigers, said on his official Twitter account.
Wilson Ramos Kidnapped
Police last year said that 618 kidnappings were reported in 2009, and the numbers have grown rapidly in recent years. In 1998, when President Hugo Chavez was elected was only 52 reported kidnappings. Security experts say the actual number of abductions of today is much higher because many cases go unreported to authorities.
Rich in Venezuela have taken steps to protect themselves, armored vehicle sales have soared in recent years. Bodyguards shadow usually major league players, returning to his homeland to play in the Winter League."Every major league player, has its own security, but we do not know about the time he had his safety there," said Alvarez. He said he is the first time a major player in the league was kidnapped in the country, although other nearby players were detained against ransom in the past.
A person close to the Ramos family, who asked not to be identified by name because of security concerns, said the receiver was at home with his father and his brothers, when several men "entered the house and took him away. "
Drew Storen, a relief pitcher and the people, his concern Twitter: "very shocking news Branch Our thoughts and prayers are with him scary situation ..."
Ramos, considered one of the leading young actors for the people who are trying to become a contender for the National League East. As a rookie in 2011, hit 15 home runs and 52 RBI .267 113 games. He threw 19 67 runners trying to steal a base, success rate of 28% to meet the kidnappers, the third largest in the National League.Washington Ramos bought the Minnesota Twins in a trade for All-Star relief pitcher Matt Capps in July 2010.Venezuelans who live in dozens of major league players, and Alvarez said they are increasingly concerned about the increase in kidnappings. Relatives of several players have already been seized.
In November 2009, the 56 year-old mother of Victor Zambrano, who has retired after seven years of major league career, he was rescued by commando-style operation three days after being kidnapped. Cousin, former pitcher, Richard Mendez Zambrano, was kidnapped a few days before, and then killed.
In June 2009, the Colorado Rockies catcher Yorvit Torre Alba is 11 years, son and brother-in-law kidnapped and released a day later.
The mother of former player Ugueth Urbina, who was twice named All-Star pitcher while playing for six teams spent more than five months in captivity until he was rescued in early 2005.
"Removal" Ramos scares us, makes us aware of a situation that is truly tragic and unfortunate, "said Alvarez.
Venezuela has one of the highest murder rates in Latin America, and violent crime has worsened in recent years. Against the ransom kidnappings soared, the government passed a revised law in 2009, which toughens penalties of imprisonment for the kidnapping and also allows authorities to freeze the bank accounts of the families of the victims to avoid paying a ransom .
Former Red Sox Slugger Tony Armas, who lives in Venezuela, said the young players took extra precautions because of the risk of abduction.
"But many of them are careless at times. No one seriously thinks that this could happen to us, and much less in a country like ours, where people love baseball," Armas said in a telephone interview.
"Most of us come from poor families. We still have relatives living in poor areas, who frequent these places and, unfortunately, criminals are becoming soulless whole time," he said.
Ramos was training before the season opens next week with his team of Venezuela and the Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Melvin Mora, also Venezuelan, has proposed that the League of Venezuela must stop their game "until. "
But the League president Jose Grasso said it will never happen. "Turning off the lights of the stadium is not the solution," said Grasso, calling Ramos to "capture" an isolated incident. "


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