Cuenca News

Expat charged with kidnapping two Colombian women

National police arrested a 36-year-old U.S. citizen Tuesday afternoon, charging him with two counts of kidnapping.

Paramedics treated one of the abducted women.

The arrest followed the escape of one of two women who say they had been held hostage since Monday. Police say the victims, ages 20 and 21, were Colombian prostitutes who had been invited into the suspect’s apartment in Condominio El Ejido on Calle Luis Moreno Mora at Víctor León Vivar, in south Cuenca.

The women claim the man spiked their drinks with drugs and, when they tried to leave, were held hostage.

According to police, one of the woman escaped through a bedroom window onto the roof of an adjacent house and suffered minor injuries when she fell to the ground. She asked neighbors to call police.

Police say they recovered 200 grams of cocaine and marijuana from the suspect’s apartment. They did not release the suspect’s name.

  • lucila

    ship the dog back to his place of origin, not needed here!

    • Michael Berger

      I agree but do you really think he will get tried and convicted in the U.S. for a crime here in which neither of the victims were Americans? The old jail Cuenca had would have been more appropriate for this guy than the new one in Turi but something is better than nothing. It is unclear from the article if this was more than a kidnapping but if rape was involved then he deserves the death penalty. Sometimes people let perpetrators like this go free or with a slap on the wrist when the victims are women of the night; they are too dumb to realize that if they get away with this type of thing once then their next victim may be a pretty white rich girl like Elizabeth Smart.

      I have seen before expats come down here and run out of their psych medications and go as crazy as a person on bath salts; having seen this happen more than once I have to wonder if this was not a factor in this incident. Who in there right mind would try to kidnap two women at the same time and then try to hold them in an apartment where there are plenty of neighbors who could hear any screams? This is the type of thing done by crazy people and, although it is possible that a combination of alcohol and cocaine and marijuana could have caused someone to go crazy, spiking the women’s drinks shows this was a premeditated act not something that could be blamed on temporary insanity. Also people on psych meds often have prescriptions for pills that could be used to spike drinks.

      Since there has been so much hype recently about protecting women in Ecuador it will be interesting to see how this unfolds and if justice will be
      done; starting off by protecting the perpetrator’s identity is a bad sign. The local government here acts like every time a man brushes up against a female on one of Cuenca’s overcrowded buses it is a sexual assault so it will be interesting to see how they respond now that they have a real case of a crime committed against women.

      • edgeof 2

        Yes sir judge Berger ! With ‘no’ due respect let the courts decide this as you have no place to know what exactly were the circumstances and what the punishment for crimes to be decided on should be….by no means should there be a death sentence……that’s way out of line and uncivilized and not a real solution…..your response at best is letting your emotions get the best of you and Is either ignorant or thoughtless…..again let the courts figure this out in your need to express self righteousness – you really don’t know – cheers mate !

    • Frank Penny

      After his day in court, of course, right? Will he face a tough prosecutor and judge, or will he square off versus Doris Day?

  • Rebecca

    Hope he rots in jail THEN is shipped back.

  • Varsi Padayachee

    Trump will welcome with open arms and denounce Ecuador’s judicial process.

    • Woody

      Varsi, what makes you think that President Trump would embrace a kidnapper and denounce Ecuador for his arrest?

      • Canamjay

        because, “woody”, past behavior predicts future action…or perhaps you’re one of those people who are ‘reading challenged’…??

      • John Gregson

        Trump would hire him and put him on his board of Pussy Snatchers.

      • Globetrotter

        Any physical concourse with a kidnapped person is rape. So we can paraphrase the great man himself!

        “When the [USA] sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”

        Of course, as we have seen here, Americans also bring guns and gun deaths wherever they go. I guess that is so we can distinguish them from Mexicans.

        Let’s see whether the censors allow this one to be posted.

        • Michael Berger

          My experience in Cuenca has convinced me long ago that:

          “When the United States sends its people to Cuenca, they’re not sending their best.
          They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing
          those problems with them. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime.
          They’re rapists, con artists. And some, I assume, are good people.”

          You are wrong about the guns though, I don’t yet know of any American who brought guns to Ecuador; we purchased them here exercising one of our essential human rights. If you don’t like it then you can live like a slave and call 911 and hope the police arrive in time to protect yourself and your loved ones with their guns.

          I would love to hear how you think the perpetrator should be dealt with, inner child therapy?

          • Globetrotter

            I am sorry, Michael. The point I was trying may be too difficult for you. Trump’s infamous assertion above is more accurate of America than it is of those who immigrant there. US expats bring an inbred violent gun culture with them, a much-higher-than-local infatuation with illicit drugs along with a Trumpish perception of women and the standard sense of entitlement.

            This young man displays these American exports. He is a product of the US and there is no cure less than a radical change in the culture he came from, which will help future generations, but not his/yours. Now you can go play with your ..er… essential-human-right-pistol and dream of shooting someone.

      • Varsi Padayachee

        Just look at his track record. He pardoned a racist thug, Arapaio, issued an exec. order banning Muslims, wantsto boot 800, 000 Hispanics Dreamers…all this to keep “Merica white. Dont forget Trump thinks that all Hispnics are rug dealers and rapists…and issued his new immigration policy called RAISE..translation only whites are welcome in the uSA. So one less white thug in Latin America is Trump’s pride and joy.

    • Michael Berger

      I disagree. My impression of the man who I now refer to as “Mr. Stop and Frisk”, after reading over 5 of his books and then
      watching his rise to the presidency, is that he worships the police and
      military and has a very low tolerance for violent crime. He is very much a police state person who supports asset forfeiture, stop and frisk and any police or law enforcement person no matter how bad. His first pardon was not to a hero like Edward Snowden but rather to a criminal Sheriff. I think he would trust the word of any Ecuadorian police officer, judge or court over that of any American who was not a member of the U.S. police force or military.

      • Beth

        “after reading over 5 of his books”

        If you think he actually wrote those books himself I have a bridge I’d like to sell you.

        He just put his Trump “brand” on them, that’s his lifetime M.O.

        • Michael Berger

          I understand that most of the writing was done by ghost writers who observed him and I understand very well how he licenses his name.

          The thing is that while most people were shocked by the Access Hollywood tape where he was talking with Bush about seducing married women and grabbing them I was not at all surprised because he bragged about bagging married women in one or two of his books. Also when he came out and started pretending to be a Christian I knew he was lying and saw a clear difference in past speech patterns where he never mentioned God before (other to say in one book that he doubted he would ever make it to heaven) to current speech patterns where he seems to invoke the name of God all the time even though he cannot recite his favorite bible verse or any bible verse for that matter. If I have been fooled by Trump it is to a much lower degree than most people have and a large part of it was from having read those books before I left the States.

      • Varsi Padayachee

        Really…and you believe that he wrote those books…Trump certainly fooled you. He can barely speak English!

  • Beth

    200 grams of anything is dealer/distributor quantity. They’re going to throw that guy under the jail and then deport him. And deport the hookers too.

    • Michael Berger

      Really? 200 grams is less than an ounce and if it was mostly marijuana it could have easily been for personal use. I also read a Spanish language article about this and there was no indication that the hookers were here illegally or had committed any crime.

      • Hola, Mike…200 grams = 7.05 ounces To convert 200 gr to ounces you have to multiply 200 x 0.035274, since 1 gr is 0.035274 ozs

        • Michael Berger

          My bad, its been a long time since I’ve seen pot weighed on a scale and I was going by memory and I confused grams for grains, I remembered 437 was equal to ounce but confused grains and grams. After checking online now I understand that 200 grams is about 3000 grains which is fifteen times what I imagined there being so yes Beth was right, a dealer for sure.

      • Globetrotter

        Like so many, Beth brings American culture with her and insists we all follow suit…including Ecuador. It would be wise for her to know that prostitution is a legal profession here. And kidnapping a prostitute is called “kidnapping” and having sex with a kidnapped prostitute..or any kidnapped person, is called “rape”.

        200 grams, in the old system still used by the USA (and no other) is 7 ozs,…aka not a very large amount. The cocaine is telling though. Cocaine is a drug favored in the USA, not Ecuador. 7ozs and cocaine does not make him a trafficker..but he certainly knows one. That sets up a potential plea-bargain.

  • Travis Peterson

    Embarrassing as someone from USA.