WORTH, Texas — Fernando
Cabrera, 21, Nygul Anderson, 19, and Albert Gonzalez, 18, all of Monterrey,
Mexico, were arrested yesterday on a federal criminal complaint stemming from
the kidnapping and extortion of two men, announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of
the Northern District of Texas.
Cabrera, Anderson and Gonzalez were each charged with one count each of
conspiracy to possess extortion proceeds. They are scheduled to make
their initial appearance today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffrey L. Cureton.
According to the affidavit filed with the complaint, on September 22, 2017, an
individual began receiving threatening calls from an unrecognizable Mexican
telephone number. The caller stated he kidnapped the individual’s two
brothers in Rioverde, San Luis Potosi, Mexico
and demanded $300,000 or they would be killed. The next day the ransom
demand was lowered to $40,000 and then again to $20,000. Instructions
were given to deliver the money, once the money was delivered the caller
disclosed the location of the brothers and they were found tied up in a motel
room in Rioverde, San Luis Potosi, Mexico.
On September 29, 2017, the same individual received another call from the same
Mexican telephone number demanding an additional $100,000 or else they would
kidnap the brothers again and kill
them. The deadline for the second ransom drop was Friday, October 13,
2017. On October 13, 2017, the caller
agreed to a location at a Home Depot in Fort Worth for the
money drop. At approximately 4:30 p.m., a controlled money drop was made
at the agreed upon meeting location.
A Hispanic male, exited a red Chevrolet Camaro and attempted to retrieve the
package after it was dropped. Three individuals in the red Chevrolet
Camaro were then arrested by FBI SWAT Team members.
A complaint is a written statement of
the essential facts of the offense charged and must be made under oath before a
magistrate judge. A defendant is entitled to the presumption of innocence
until proven guilty. The government has 30 days to present the matter to
a grand jury for indictment. The maximum statutory penalty for the
offense as charged is up to 5 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is
investigating. Assistant U.S. Attorney P.J. Meitl is in charge of the