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Monday, February 22, 2010

3rd Kidnapping Suspect Surrenders

3rd kidnapping suspect surrenders.

El Paso TX - A third man suspected in the September kidnapping of a Horizon City man surrendered to police on Saturday, sheriff's officials said.

Sheriff's spokesman Deputy Jesse Tovar said Rafael Vega, 26, surrendered early Saturday at police headquarters in Central El Paso. Police turned Vega over to sheriff's deputies a short time later.

Vega is suspected in the abduction of 30-year-old Sergio Saucedo, who was taken at gunpoint from his home in the 14000 block of Desert Sunset Drive about 3:40 p.m. Sept. 3. His wife told deputies Vega was tied up with duct tape and carried out the back door.

Witnesses reported hearing a gunshot and the victim struggling and yelling for help before he was taken away in a Ford Expedition. Children on a school bus also witnessed the daytime kidnapping.

On Sept. 8, Mexican authorities found Saucedo's mutilated body in Juárez. His hands were cut off and placed on his chest.

"More arrests may be forthcoming, but for now we have three out of the four we've confirmed are linked to the kidnapping," Tovar said.

Two other suspects, Omar Obregon and Cesar Obregon, both 21, were arrested Wednesday.

The men were caught when a Border Patrol agent saw the two allegedly attempting to break into a home, Tovar said.

The Obregon brothers and Vega have been charged with aggravated kidnapping, and each is jailed in lieu of a $250,000 bond.

The hunt continues for the fourth suspect, Ricardo Puentes Morales, 25, Tovar said.

Morales is wanted for aggravated kidnapping and is the alleged mastermind behind crime. His bond has been set at $1.5 million.

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