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Man claims he was kidnapped

June 17, 2002|By MARIO RENTERIA, Staff Writer

BRAWLEY — A man thought to be an illegal immigrant from Mexico called police here to report he had been kidnapped by a bandit who held him ransom for $5,000, but the victim didn't give enough information for police to make an arrest.

Brawley police Lt. John Myers said police received a call from Octavio Trujillo around 11:53 p.m. Sunday. The call came from a cell phone in Mexicali.

Trujillo told dispatchers he had been kidnapped by a man in Brawley and was held for ransom. He stated he was able to escape the kidnapper and then fled back to Mexico. Trujillo did not give any further information, said Myers, so police were not able to investigate the report.

Myers said such kidnapping cases happen every now and then. He said what happens is a group of border bandits will hijack a group of illegal immigrants from the "coyote" who smuggled the immigrant into the U.S. and then hold the captives for ransom.

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Myers said police aren't able to contact Trujillo because he did not leave a contact number.

Police investigators don't know if the kidnapper was holding any other immigrants for ransom.

>>Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3441.

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