Colorado Rockies Player's Family Safe After Kidnapping
Thursday, June 04, 2009
DENVER — The Colorado Rockies said catcher Yorvit Torrealba's 11-year-old son and his brother-in-law have been released after they were kidnapped in Venezuela.
The Rockies said Thursday they were abducted by "unknown parties in exchange for ransom" but have been reunited safely with family.
The club didn't say whether a ransom was paid or how they were released.
Torrealba left the Rockies, who are playing in Houston, earlier this week to be with his family in Venezuela and work with police.
Rockies club President Keli McGregor said the team is relieved by the outcome and is standing by Torrealba. He said Torrealba will rejoin the team "when the time is right."
THREATS TO SAFETY AND SECURITY:Violent crime in Venezuela is pervasive, both in the capital, Caracas, and in the interior. The country’s overall per capita murder rate is cited as one of the highest in the world, and Caracas was listed as the murder capital of the world in the September 2008 Foreign Policy magazine. Kidnapping is another serious concern. The Venezuelan National Counter Kidnapping Commission was created in 2006, and since then, official statistics have shown an alarming 78 percent increase in the number of reported kidnappings. Surveys show that the overwhelming majority of kidnappings are not reported to the police. Armed robberies take place throughout the city, including areas generally presumed safe and frequented by tourists. Well-armed criminal gangs operate widely, often setting up fake police checkpoints. Only a very small percentage of crimes result in trials and convictions.
As beautiful as the country may be....I wouldn't chance it. US/Venezuelan relations arent exactly friendly in recent years.