MCSO rescues kidnapped victim; family extorted by coyotesPosted: Updated:
The following is a press release from the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office:
Date/Time: 10/20/08 1100 Location: 27th Avenue & Camelback
Suspect (1): Daniel Lopez-Bonilla (01/03/1983) Suspect (2): Carlos Estrada-Marroquin (02/18/1958)
PHOENIX -- Last evening, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Human Smuggling Unit, acting on a report from a dedicated illegal immigration tip line, rescued the kidnapped victim of a family being extorted by human smugglers demanding $1,200.00 for his safe release.
With the assistance of the family, Sheriff's deputies arranged a ransom exchange with the "coyotes," near 27th Avenue and Camelback Road.
Sheriff's Human Smuggling detectives and SWAT team successfully conducted a sting in an Auto Zone parking lot. The kidnap victim was safely rescued and suspects Lopez and Estrada were both arrested and booked into Maricopa County jail on felony charges of Human Smuggling for Profit, Kidnapping and Extortion.
The victim agreed to aid in prosecution and will be a material witness to the case.
Earlier during the human smuggling investigation, two females were contacted, Viridaina Victoria Isaac-Avila (09/12/1984) and Maria Helena-Reyes (06/08/1989), and while being interviewed both were found to be in the country illegally. Isaac-Avila stated that she had a seven-year-old son, Jeremy (DOB 11/2001), attending a local school. Sheriff's detectives responded to the school and brought Jeremy to his mother. It was later determined that Jeremy was also in the country illegally.
All three were processed and turned over to ICE for deportation proceedings..