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Venezuelan police arrest 2 more suspects in kidnapping of Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) ' Venezuelan police said Monday that two more suspects have been arrested in the kidnapping of Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos and that authorities are searching for several others.
The men, a Colombian and a Venezuelan, were detained Sunday in a car with several other people in the town of Moron, not far from where Ramos was held captive, national investigative police chief Humberto Ramirez told reporters.
Police seized revolvers from the men and are searching for other suspects, Ramirez said at a news conference in the central city of Valencia.
Ramos was seized at gunpoint outside his family's home last week and was rescued by police commandos two days later at a remote hideout in the mountains of Carabobo state.
Venezuelan authorities have now arrested eight suspects, including six men accused of direct involvement and a couple accused of providing the abductors with food.
Ramirez identified the Colombian arrested on Sunday as 26-year-old Alexander Moreno Bolanos, saying he is "linked with paramilitary groups." Ramirez didn't elaborate.
The other suspect, 32-year-old Venezuelan Arturo Francisco Rojas Yepez, is from the town of Tovar in the western state of Merida, Ramirez said.
He said authorities are searching for several other Colombians and have physical descriptions of some of the suspects as well as their nicknames.
"We're coordinating with Colombian authorities to acquire information" to help identify the men, Ramirez said.