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Two Mexicans part of kidnapping group arrested in Guatemala

Guatemalan anti-kidnapping police units captured a Mexican man and woman and two Guatemalans who kidnapped two Guatemalan nationals, demanding a $25,000 payment in order to return them alive.

According to the Ministry of the Interior of Guatemala, the kidnapped Guatemalan nationals were rescued Thursday in the municipality of San Pedro Sacatepéquez of San Marcos. An area that borders Mexico.

The Mexican nationals that have been arrested are identified as Agustín “N”, 27, and Andrea Madeleine “N”, 21, while the two Guatemalans that were arrested have been identified as Marco Tulio “N”, 34 and LaurenJoaquín “N”, 29.

The women were kidnapped March 26 in the city of San Marcos, according to an official statement. Gobernación reported that relatives of both women said that kidnappers demanded $5,000 USD from each family “for not threatening the life of the hostages.”

“In order to preserve life and freedom” of both, the Anti-kidnapping Task Force of the Ministry of the Interior and the Anti-kidnapping Command of the National Civil Police managed to free the two women, who were kidnapped “simultaneously” he related.

With the information provided by the families, “a quick and surprising tactical police operation” was organized to rescue the two woman. The rescue was achieved “through crisis management, basic intelligence operations, field work and administrative,” said one of the communications issued by the Interior.

The victims were identified by the Interior Ministry as Julissa Selena Pérez Chávez , 22 and Viana Esterfania Zunun González, 18.

The four were presented before the corresponding judicial authorities “to resolve their legal situation,” reported Gobernación.

The case is not the first time Mexicans have been involved in kidnappings in Guatemala. According to sources, there are currently three Mexicans imprisoned in Guatemala for the crime of kidnapping.