8 Charged in Ramos Kidnapping

74-year-old man among Venezuela suspects
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 17, 2011 5:00 AM CST
The alleged kidnappers of Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos are presented to the media at police headquarters in in Valencia.   (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
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(Newser) – Venezuelan authorities have formally charged eight suspects in the kidnapping of Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos. Prosecutors say the charges include kidnapping, illegal possession of firearms, using a stolen vehicle, and criminal association. The suspects include six men accused of directly participating in the abduction, as well as a 59-year-old woman and 74-year-old man who are charged as accomplices for providing food to the group. Ramos was seized at gunpoint outside his family's home in the city of Valencia last week and was rescued by police commandos two days later at a remote mountain hideout.

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