Photo: Wilson Ramos
Venezuelan police on Monday reported the capture of five Colombian nationals suspected of involvement in last week’s kidnapping of Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos from his parents’ home in the central state of Carabobo.
Ramos was rescued on Friday night by a police team that also managed to capture six alleged kidnappers.
Five other people supposedly involved in the crime fled the scene after engaging in a shootout with police.
The 24-year-old Ramos was kidnapped from his parents’ home in the city of Valencia, the capital of Carabobo, by several armed men and forced into a van.
Interior Minister Tareck El Aissami said last Saturday that six Venezuelans were in custody and that the kidnappers of Colombian nationality were fully identified and an arrest warrant had been issued for them.
El Aissami also said that people linked “to paramilitary groups” participated in the kidnapping.
After returning home, Ramos said that “at no time” did he think that he would be rescued because the site where his abductors were holding him was distant and hidden.
He said that, although he was not physically harmed, he felt he had been psychologically affected by his ordeal.
Ramos plans to play winter-league baseball in Venezuela with the Aragua Tigers.