Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos is safe and in police custody in after being abducted by gunmen earlier this week. On Friday (Nov. 11), The Washington Post reported that Ramos was on his way back home to his family.
“It’s a special moment for his family,” said Ramos’ agent, Gustavo Mercado, in a statement to The Post. “We’re all happy. We’re grateful.”
Ramos, 24, was kidnapped at gunpoint on Wednesday while visiting his mother’s home in Venezuela. On Thursday, police found the SUV they believe was used in the abduction, but no sign of Ramos.
“This was a targeted kidnapping, so they were aware of where he was,” Chris Voss, former FBI lead international kidnapping negotiator, told ABC News. “They knew the money he could produce, they probably knew how much baseball players make.”
According to Voss, kidnapping is a big business in Venezuela. Since 2004 at least three major league players from Venezuela have had relatives kidnapped.