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Another Mexican-style 'express kidnapping' in North Carolina

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On June 26, Wayne County sheriff's deputies arrested Hector Manuel Mendoza-Alcala, 20, after he and two others reportedly kidnapped a 47-year-old man earlier in the week. The victim, Roberto Baltazar, was abducted near his home in Dudley on the morning of the 23rd.

A few hours after he was taken, the man's family began receiving calls from the kidnappers demanding a ransom.

Three days after the abduction, the multi-agency investigative team received a tip that Baltazar was being held at a location on Highway 55, near Mount Olive. That's where deputies discovered Mendoza-Alcala, and safely recovered the victim, according to a police report.

Under questioning, Mendoza-Alcala told detectives where the other two suspects could be found, and Gerardo Emannuel Olera, 41, and Jose Saucedo, 23, were taken into custody following a brief standoff.

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, the Goldsboro Police Department, the Wayne Memorial Hospital Police, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the DEA Task Force Officers, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office, Duplin County Sheriff’s Office, the North Carolina Wildlife Enforcement Officer, the LaGrange Fire Department and the Lenoir County EMS Units all participated in either the investigation and/or the apprehension of the suspects. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are also assisting in the investigation.

In a press release, Wayne County Sheriff Larry M. Pierce stated:

I am so appreciative and impressed with the way all of these agencies and officers worked together, practically non-stop around the clock, to accomplish a very satisfactory result in this investigation. Many man hours were put into this investigation by all involved. The officers showed the fortitude and determination to solve this case. We are thankful that the victim was recovered unharmed and was able to return to his family. Even though some of the officers were injured and had to seek medical care, it is truly a blessing that they will recover completely and be able to return to work."

During the operation, Swat Teams from Wayne, Lenoir and Duplin County Sheriff's Offices were used. Three officers from the Wayne and Lenoir County Swat teams required treatment for heat exhaustion and other injuries.

Hector Manuel Mendoza-Alcala, Gerardo Emannuel Olera and Jose Saucedo have all been charged with first-degree kidnapping, and are being held in the Wayne County Detention Center on ICE detainers.

Though far from the U.S. border with Mexico, this is not the first time illegal aliens have been charged with a kidnapping in the great state of North Carolina...

In April 2013, Jorge Rentas, Alejandro Zambrano, Gema Yadaria Zambrano and Orlando Zambrano were all charged with kidnapping, after they reportedly abducted Alfonso Moreno outside a Lowe's store in Hickory.

Only an hour after the victim left home, his girlfriend recieved a phone call from his abductors demanding $200,000 for his safe return. Hickory Police Capt. Reed Baer told WSOC-TV: "We believe he was specifically targeted because he had access to money and that he could get money for his release."

Fortunately, police found the victim, bound to a chair, but unharmed, inside a mobile home in southeast Hickory. All but one of the suspects were in the country illegally, and actually came to North Carolina from Chicago to commit the kidnapping, according to investigators.

Of course, these type of abductions are commonplace in violence-torn Mexico...

According to the United Nations organization, the Council for Law and Human Rights (CLDH), an average of 72 kidnappings occurred every day in Mexico in 2012, for a total of 26, 280 abductions that year.

However those figures do not include all of the so-called "express kidnappings," in which the victim is only held hostage for a short period of time, sometimes only for a few hours. The victim is abducted and forced to withdraw money from an ATM, or their family is contacted for ransom money before being released.

The CLDH reports that hundreds of these types of abductions take place in Mexico City on a daily basis.

As North Carolina is 'fundamentally transformed' into a virtual border state by the lack of immigration enforcement being exercised by the Obama administration, as well as by the institution of so-called 'sanctuary policies' in every major city across the state, such crimes will simply become a fact of life in rather short order.