Ecuador: American taken into custody for investigation in kidnapping of two women

Posted on September 14, 2017 • Filed under: Crime, Ecuador / Cuenca (Azuay) (machine translated) – The afternoon of Tuesday, September 12, foreigner Jonathan Matthew P., 33, was detained by the National Police for investigations, for being involved in an alleged kidnapping of two women of Colombian nationality .

The incident took place at 4:00 p.m., in the Pórtico del Ejido building, located on Luis Moreno Mora and Víctor León Vivar streets, south of the Azuay capital. Lieutenant Colonel William Calle, head of the Southern Basin District, reported that one of the alleged victims came out of the apartment window to ask for help. The other woman had also escaped and arrived in the department minutes after the police raided him.

Immediately, through ECU-911, urban service agents arrived at the site to take proceedings. The official said that after the first investigations, it was known that the foreigner had hired two sex workers last night and held them against his will within the department, consuming alcoholic beverages and controlled substances.


During the raid, members of the Special Operations Group (GOE) entered department 3 to detain the suspect. The citizen was found inside the bedroom bathroom and showed minor injuries to his hands and neck. The subject was fully acknowledged by the victims, who said he tried to hurt them with knives.


Inside the building, Criminalistics staff set as signs 126 grams of cocaine base, 17 grams of marijuana, knives weapons, a 9mm cartridge without hitting and more objects requested by the competent authority. The novelty was reported at the foreign citizen’s embassy, through Migration.

The detainee, after the medical evaluation, was protected by police because he was under the effects of possible psychotropic substances. The flagrancy qualification hearing will be held this morning. Read Article

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