WAPATO, Wash. - Three suspects made their initial appearance in federal court Monday after FBI agents say they kidnapped a 14-year-old special needs boy and held him for ransom near Wapato.
Investigators say the father went to the boy's home around 5:30 a.m. Friday to get him ready for school but he was not there. The father then received a call from one of the suspects, demanding $120,000 within eight hours to get his son back. The father told the suspects he could not come up with that much money in eight hours, so the suspects changed the ransom to $80,000 within five hours.
FBI agents later arrested three suspects around 2:00 p.m. Friday. They did not say where or how.
They say Ernesto Martinez, Esmerelda Segovia Contreras, and Yaritza Contreras kidnapped the boy Friday morning and told him they were going to take him to a safe place. Ernesto Martinez and Esmerelda Segovia Contreras were with the boy and Yaritza Contreras was to make sure the father paid the money.