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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 25, 2017

Four Charged With Brutal Kidnapping Of Georgia Victim

Joon H. Kim, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Timothy Gallagher, the Special Agent-in-Charge of the Newark Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), announced charges against four defendants for their participation in a brutal kidnapping conspiracy, in which a victim was forcibly abducted at gunpoint in Georgia, stabbed, shot at, held hostage, and then driven north from Georgia toward the Bronx, New York. The victim was finally rescued by law enforcement authorities at the New York/New Jersey border.

 

Acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim said: “The defendants allegedly committed a brutal kidnapping – seizing their victim at gunpoint, shooting at him, stabbing him, and then driving him from Georgia, headed for the Bronx. Thankfully, the victim was rescued, and the defendants apprehended. I want to thank our partners at the FBI for their tremendous work in this investigation and commitment to confronting violent crime.”

 

FBI SAC Timothy Gallagher said: “Combating violent crime is, and will always remain, a priority of the FBI. These charges reinforce that commitment, and send a message to individuals who engage in violent acts, that the FBI and our law enforcement partners will pursue them with the full force of the law.”

 

The Indictment[1], which was filed yesterday, charges ISMAEL CASTREJON-GUIZAR, a/k/a “Guero,” EDGARDO NAVAREZ, a/k/a “Edgar,” DULCE SANTOS-VALENZUELA, and RICARDO OCASIO-REYES, a/k/a “Ricky,” in two counts, with participating in a conspiracy to kidnap the victim in or about December 2016, and with the use and possession of firearms, which were brandished and discharged, during and in relation to that kidnapping conspiracy. se charges carry maximum statutory penalties of life in prison.

 

The defendants were all previously arrested by state authorities, and have been detained. They will each be brought into federal custody on writs. The case is assigned to U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan.

 

Mr. Kim thanked the FBI’s Violent Crimes Task Force, and also thanked the Port Authority Police Department, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, and the Chamblee Police Department for their excellent work in apprehending the defendants.

 

The prosecution is being handled by the Office’s Violent and Organized Crime Unit. Assistant U.S. Attorney Justina L. Geraci is in charge of the prosecution.

 

The charges contained in the Indictment are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

 

[1] As the introductory phrase signifies, the entirety of the text of the Indictment and the description of the Indictment set forth herein constitute only allegations, and every fact described should be treated as an allegation.

 

Topic(s): 
Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 
17-148
Updated May 25, 2017