Man Arrested For Kidnapping and Harboring Undocumented Aliens For Ransom

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SAN JUAN, PR — Special Agent in Charge Douglas A. Leff, of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) San Juan Field Office, announced the arrest of Hector J. Sanchez Morales.

The Dominican Committee for Human Rights in Puerto Rico (Comite Dominicano de Derechos Humanos en Puerto Rico) contacted the FBI to report a female undocumented migrant who was held for ransom against her will upon her arrival in Puerto Rico. The victim was part of a group of undocumented aliens traveling on a boat from the Dominican Republic, which landed near Rincon City in Puerto Rico. The victim alleged to have been held and sexually assaulted by Sanchez who later contacted acquaintances to pay a ransom for her freedom. Upon the payment of the ransom, the victim was released.

The FBI San Juan Field Office investigation resulted in the arrest of Sanchez and the execution of a search warrant of a residence in Anasco City in Puerto Rico. Sanchez will be charged with kidnapping and Harboring Aliens.

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