Mexico goalkeeper arrested for helping kidnap gang

January 8, 2012 06:31

MONTERREY, Mexico - Mexico arrested former international soccer goalkeeper Omar Ortiz on suspicion of working for a gang of kidnappers, fanning concerns about lawlessness plaguing the United States' southern neighbor.

The government of the northern state of Nuevo Leon said the 35-year-old Ortiz had admitted helping to pick out two rich victims for the kidnappers in return for more than 100,000 pesos ($7,300).

Sporting his trademark goatee beard, Ortiz looked impassive as masked soldiers paraded him and three other suspects in Nuevo Leon state capital Monterrey, a city that has increasingly come under attack by organized crime.

Jorge Domene, the Nuevo Leon government's security spokesman, said the gang operated by selecting victims at social gatherings, who were then snatched and ransomed.

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