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Mexican criminals now kidnapping businessmen inside the U.S.

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On Sunday, the FBI, along with the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force arrested Manuel Samano-Santoyo, 42, at his residence in Chicago.

Samano-Santoyo and three other illegal aliens kidnapped a businessman in Paxton, Ill., in December, according to police.

He is the last of the four suspects to be taken into custody, and is now being held at the Ford County Jail on an immigration detainer.

Samano-Santoyo, Eduardo Samano, 22, Rodolfo A. Cerritos, 25, and Evigan J. Marcos, 24, have all been charged with armed robbery, kidnapping and aggravated battery.

The victim, Joel Hastings, the general manager of NexStep Commercial Products in Paxton, was leaving work on Dec. 9 when he was kidnapped at gunpoint.

The News-Gazzette reported:

Hastings said he was retreating when a second man hit him from behind with a baseball bat, Johnson said. Hastings was then forced into the back seat of his car.

The man with the bat got in the driver's seat, while the man with the gun remained in the back seat, Hastings told Johnson. They then used "zip-ties" to restrain Hastings. They then drove out of the parking lot and around rural areas in Ford and Iroquois counties, forcing Hastings to keep his head down so he could not see outside, Johnson said.

While driving around, they beat Hastings with the pistol and bat and "dry-fired" the gun twice while it was pointed at his head.

The illegal aliens stole $300 in cash, two credit cards, a cell phone, and two checks written-out to Hastings, before releasing him.

They only let him go under the condition that he would later give them $50,000 in cash.

On Jan. 15, Cerritos was arrested by the FBI when he picked up a bag full of money in a Chicago-area park.

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