Sequesterer(alleged) Sequestered

la acusación (perp walk) en Juárez, May 15, 2010

Iasi Emanuel Rodriquez Gamez , aka “El Enano (the dwarf),” 22, is led down a hallway, by a member of the Federal Police at the Ministry of Justice (Procuraduria de Justicia del Estado) in Cd. Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico.

He is accused of being the leader of a kidnapping gang that kidnapped at least 19 people.  Authorities alleged Rodriguez, 22, took orders from suspected kidnappers Ernesto “El Neto” Piñon de la Cruz and Jesus Eduardo “El
Lalo” Soto Rodriguez. This group is accused of committing 39 kidnappings since December 2008. The “El Lalo y de Neto,” gang has operated in Juarez over the past three years.

The victims of El Enano ranged from executives at Maquila plants (mostly foreign-owned) to operators of laundromats, a high school strudent, and, included men and women of all ages. The average ransom asked for ranged from a low of $7,000US to $20,000US.

El Nano and his gang allegedly ran several “Casutiverios,” or houses of detention, throughout the city.

No court date has been set for Rodriquez’ trial. In the Mexican justice system, typically, it could be years.

Border Blog staff photos/Jaimie Berumen©2010

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