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Spanish kidnapper who once hid in Mexico arrested in Spain

Mexico City, Mexico — A woman accused of being part of a kidnapping ring has been arrested in Spain. The woman and her husband have been accused of kidnapping wealthy businessmen and holding them in coffins, often for months, until a ransom had been paid.

The woman, 40-year-old Isabel Mazarro Gomez de Santiago, was arrested in Asturias last week. The couple is allegedly part of a dangerous gang who operated in Mexico, kidnapping wealthy foreign investors.

Her husband, Raul Julio Escobar Poblete, was arrested earlier in the year after trying to collect a ransom in Mexico under the fake name Ramon Alberto Guerra Valencia. He remains in Mexican prison.

Spanish media reports that Nancy Michell Kendall, an American woman, was held captive by the pair and even reportedly had her finger cut off to add pressure on her family to pay the ransom. They report that she was held for 2.5 months before being released after the arrest of Escbar Poblete.

After his arrest, Gomez de Santiago is said to have fled Mexico, returning to Spain where she was eventually tracked down. Spanish police tracked the woman, where they were able to follow Mazarro Gomez to a house in Asturias, northern Spain where she was arrested.

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