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Mexican musician Luz Violeta Rodríguez arrested for alleged kidnapping

Irapuato, Guanajuato — A popular Mexican musician has been arrested for her alleged participation in the kidnapping of three people.

Luz Violeta Rodríguez, who is commercially known as La Diva del Corrido, was arrested in the city of Irapuato for her alleged participation in the kidnapping of three people in the state of Sinaloa.

Presumably, in February 2016, the woman and two accomplices deprived her mother-in-law and two family members of their freedom, forcing them to remove two million peso as a ransom from a bank.

“The woman actively participated in the kidnapping and forced the victims to withdraw a million-peso sum of money from a bank branch during the month of February 2016,” said the PGJE .

The Attorney General of the State of Guanajuato had issued an arrest warrant for the 40-year-old songstress and her two male accomplices with the Second Court of the Criminal Branch of the Judicial District of Culiacán back in 2016. However, the judge released them for irregularities in the way they were arrested, since they were presented to authorities more than five hours after the arrest.

The trio have kept a low profile since.

The unit explained that through the coordinated work of the Specialized Unit in Combat of Kidnapping of the PGJE and its counterpart in the state of Sinaloa, the location and capture of Luz Violeta was finally successful in the city of Irapuato, Guanajuato.

According to the accusation, on February 20 of 2016, she and two men identified as Jesús Guadalupe Ramírez and Julio César Ontiveros, deprived three people of their liberty. The three were taken to a building in the Lomas del Sol subdivision in Culiacán.

Luz Violeta Rodríguez is said to have forced her mother-in-law to pay her two million peso. The group went to a bank to make the withdrawal when Violeta Rodríguez was arrested along with the two men. They were arrested by agents of the Mixed Urban Operations Base of Culiacán, but later released by a judge for irregularities during their arrest.

Violeta Rodríguez was finally captured more than two years after the alleged kidnapping. The singer has been transferred to Sinaloa to face the charges of aggravated kidnapping in Sinaloa.