DPS Officer Rescues kidnap victim following a traffic stop
Victim had been kidnapped while leaving his home before getting in his car to go to work
Tuesday, January 26, 2010 -
On Sunday, Jan. 24, 2010, at about 5:07 a.m., the DPS dispatch center in
The DPS officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop for a minor traffic violations on the silver car, a Lincoln Town car, after it exited east onto Bethany Home Road. The vehicle’s driver slowed down but failed to yield to the officer traveling south on
Additional DPS officers as well as the Phoenix Police Department responded to the area with patrol officers, a canine unit and air support to assist in searching for the suspects. One of the suspects was taken into custody by another DPS officer. It was discovered that the suspects in both vehicles had just kidnapped the man for ransom outside of his home. The victim was targeted because he was paid in cash for his labor, and kept the money hidden in his home. Investigators are currently unable to connect the victim to an illegal enterprise. The victim was targeted because the suspects became aware of the substaintial cash savings the victim had.
The Phoenix Police Department’s Home Invasion Kidnapping Enforcement Unit (HIKE) has taken disposition of this investigation. Additional information will be provided by the Phoenix Police Department as it becomes available. Phoenix Police is being assisted by the Illegal Immigration Prevention and Apprehension Co-op Team (IIMPACT) which consists of the Phoenix Police, ICE and DPS.
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