LAREDO, Texas – Two men from Laredo are in custody, accused of demanding ransom in exchange for releasing two hostages.
A Kansas man reported a phone call on Feb. 8 from an unknown man claiming to be holding his son against his will. The man demanded the father send him $2,000 through Money-gram or he would keep his son as a hostage.
On Feb. 9, the FBI spoke to people in the 4000 block of Guadalajara Street in Laredo who told them two men were seen running out of a nearby home the day before. Investigators determined one of the men was the Kansas father’s son along with another kidnapping victim.
The second hostage said that his captors demanded $4,000 from his family in Louisiana.
The suspects, 21-year-old John Daniel Pavon and 21-year-old Juan Manuel Ancira, were both identified as the kidnappers. They both appeared before a U.S. Magistrate Judge on Feb. 12.
If convicted, they each face up to 20 years in federal prison.
A detention hearing for Pavon and Ancira has been set for Feb. 16 at 10 a.m.