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CA Police Warn Residents of Kidnappings-for-Ransom

San Jose Mercury News via YellowBrix

November 18, 2010

SAN JOSE, Calif.—Police in San Jose are warning California residents that kidnappings-for-ransom are on the rise.

The warning comes less than two weeks after San Jose investigators rescued a local businessman who was kidnapped by men posing as police officers. The kidnappers made a $1 million ransom demand.

The San Jose Mercury News says kidnappings for ransom have been rare in the United States, but acting police Chief Chris Moore says there’s been an uptick in Arizona and California.

During a news conference Wednesday, Moore urged residents to call 911 if they see an undercover police operation.

Five suspects have been arrested for the kidnapping of the San Jose restaurateur between Nov. 4 and Nov. 5.

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