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Kidnapping victim in Conroe, TX fatally hit by gunfire during FBI raid *Arrests*

Discussion in 'Crimes' started by Uno2Much, Jan 25, 2018.

  1. Uno2Much

    Uno2Much Bronze Member


    Kidnapping victim shot in FBI 'operation' in Trinity Gardens area
    By Keri Blakinger, Robert Downen, and Alyson Ward
    Updated 7:42 pm, Thursday, January 25, 2018

    An FBI agent shot and killed a kidnapping victim during a predawn operation in northeast Houston, hours after the Conroe man was bound with duct tape and pulled from his home by gunmen who later demanded ransom.

    The man — still bound — was hit by gunfire as the FBI burst into the Trinity Gardens home where he was being held with at least one woman and some children inside, officials said.
    Nicholas Chase Cunningham, 42, and Jimmy Tony Sanchez, 38, were charged with aggravated kidnapping and aggravated robbery. Sophia Perez Heath, 35, faces one count of aggravated kidnapping, according to authorities.
    The chaos that ended early Thursday started the day before at a Tyler Lane home in Conroe the man shared with his 12-year-old son and brother.

    About 8 a.m. Wednesday, the boy heard a knock on the door. The brother was at work at the time, but the father answered the door and two men rushed in with guns, Conroe Police Sgt. Jeff Smith said.

    "They were demanding money they were owed that nobody knew anything about," Smith said.

    They tore the house apart and took some property, then bound the boy and his father with duct tape before deciding to take the father with them.

    The attackers ordered the boy not to call police. But at some point after the assailants fled, the boy broke free and ran to a neighbor's house, Smith said.

    The neighbor called police, who launched an investigation and began interviewing the child and the brother.

    As authorities worked to unravel what happened, the brother got a call to his cell phone from a man who demanded a ransom and claimed to be with a cartel. At that point, Conroe police called in the FBI, who obtained a federal warrant that helped them track the suspects' phone to a hotel in the Webster area, Smith said.
    When federal investigators forced their way into the hotel room around midnight, they detained and questioned three people, including Cunningham and Sanchez. From that, authorities were able to trace the victim's location to the Trinity Gardens home in the 7300 block of Elbert.

    After the shooting, the victim was rushed to Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital, where he died, Garza said.

    Smith stressed there was no indication any of the suspected kidnappers actually had cartel connections.

    "There are oftentimes claims of a cartel connection just to place a fear factor," Smith said. "It appears somebody connected to the family was involved."

    The cartel link, he said, "was just used as a threat" to better extort money.

    Read more: http://www.chron.com/news/houston-t...nvolved-in-shooting-in-northeast-12524172.php

    HOUSTON – An FBI agent fatally shot the victim of a kidnapping during a raid early Thursday at a Houston home, authorities said.

    FBI spokeswoman Christina Garza said the agent shot the man shortly before 4 a.m. during an "operation" at the home. The man, whose name wasn't immediately released, died later at a hospital.

    Police in Conroe, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) north of Houston, confirmed the man had been kidnapped and held for ransom.

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/01/25/man-killed-by-fbi-agent-in-houston-raid-was-kidnap-victim.html
  2. Uno2Much

    Uno2Much Bronze Member

    FBI agent sued in death of Houston kidnap hostage
    By Massarah Mikati Staff reporter

    Updated 5:58 pm CDT, Monday, September 10, 2018

    A federal lawsuit has been filed against the unidentified FBI agent who fatally shot a hostage in January during a rescue mission in northeast Houston.

    The lawsuit filed by Brooke Pearce, the sister of victim Ulises Valladares and now guardian of his 12-year-old son, made claims of illegal search and seizure and wrongful death, and requested compensation for punitive and exemplary damages as a result of Valladares’ death.

    Pearce is also suing Valladares’ alleged kidnappers - Nicholas Chase Cunningham, Sonia Perez Heath and Jimmy Tony Sanchez - for claims including false imprisonment, assault and battery, and wrongful death.

    Law enforcement raided a Houston residence in the 7300 block of Elbert Street in the early hours of Jan. 25, nearly a day after Valladares, 47, was taken for ransom from his Conroe home by two men who later claimed to be members of a Mexican cartel. Investigators have since said that was a scare tactic designed to intimidate Valladares' brother, Ernesto Valladares, into giving them money.

    Read more: https://www.chron.com/news/houston-...-death-of-Houston-kidnap-hostage-13218708.php

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