Philippine Cops Rescue Kidnapped American Boy

Captors had demanded more money after getting first ransom
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 16, 2011 5:00 AM CST
Philippine army troops and police officers hold a joint patrol in this file photo.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Philippine police rescued a kidnapped 4-year-old American boy this week after his captors demanded a second ransom. Gunmen pulled the boy out of a car he was riding in with his Filipino mother on Dec. 6, according to the AP. His family paid his ransom three days later, but the kidnappers refused to release him, instead demanding more money.

Afraid the kidnappers would harm the boy, police tracked him with the help of the FBI to a hideout in Prieto Diaz town in Sorsogon province. They stormed the place on Wednesday, arresting five people, and extracting the boy, who was returned to his family unharmed. (Read more Philippines stories.)

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