Cuenca News

Expat sentenced to 30 days in jail for kidnapping

A U.S. citizen identified as Jhonathan Matthew P. was sentenced Wednesday to 30 days of preventive detention in the Turi correctional facility on two counts of kidnapping. The 33-year-old was arrested Tuesday after two Colombian sex workers said they were held against their will in suspect’s Cuenca apartment.

Jhonathan Matthew P. under arrest.

Judge Willian Sangolquí said preventive detention is required by law in kidnapping cases. The judge did not rule on a drug possession charge against the suspect and said the matter would be addressed at trial. The suspect was found with 200 grams of marijuana and cocaine.

The judge said information about the case will forwarded to immigration authorities.

According the police report, Jhonathan Matthew P. invited the two prostitutes to his apartment on Monday afternoon but refused to let them leave after serving them drinks they say were spiked with drugs. One of the women escaped through a bedroom room and called police.

Police released a photo of the suspect with a shaved head, wearing a a purple shirt, with his face blacked out. By Ecuadorian law, the last name of arrest suspects can only be represented by the first initial in news media.

  • Beth

    200 grams of anything is NOT mere “possession”, that’s dealer/distributor quantity.

    • edgeof 2

      Dealer/consumer – legalize drugs ! Cheers mate !

  • LadyMoon

    Seriously? Does anyone really believe this is the first time this guy has done this? Thirty days? I hope the judge is tough and gets him off the streets for a very long time.

    • Larry Von Eschen

      Whatever happened to the idea of actually proving the facts at a trial? If he’s guilty of some crime(s), fine, penalize him accordingly. But to “hope the judge is tough” is sick and demented.

      • LadyMoon

        No….said by a caring female who is incensed at the treatment of women in this world. I hope for toughness IF the guy is guilty. (Is name-calling really called for?)

  • dan p

    he was not “sentenced”. Just arrested and effectively denied bail.

  • edgeof 2

    Let him have his day in court…..kidnapping ?? Why would you need to kidnap prostitutes – doesn’t make sense and with all those drugs sounds like a party. Did he just lock the door and not restrain them. Lots of questions for the the courts to prove.

    • Jackie Kirnbauer

      Locking the door is preventing them from leaving. you have issues dude.

    • Craig Gardner

      Dude locking the door IS restraining them.

  • Soensaeng

    Send him to North Korea…….

  • George M Forgues

    Damn, I miss Cuenca.

  • Nicholas Crowder

    I believe Cuenca Highlife is inaccurate in their title of this article. Saying he was sentenced to 30 days implies to most English speakers or expats that the case has been adjudicated.

    The defendant has been bound over in what is called preventative detention or pretrial detention. Plus, it appears he has some very serious drug charges that may be filed. His legal troubles are long from being over on the kidnapping charges.

    • Will Raines

      The article clearly says that the sentence was for preventive detention and that the trial would follow. As a former prosecutor in New York I have no problem with it.