Man faces kidnap charge after driving illegals to El Jebel
A man accused of shuttling illegal aliens was arrested Sunday on charges of kidnapping after he allegedly abducted a 13-year-old boy when his stepfather couldn’t pay for their trip to El Jebel, according to authorities.
Guillermo Sanchez-Lucatero, 34, of Arizona, is being held in Eagle County Jail on charges of second-degree kidnapping after his arrest in the Denver area. He is being held on $5,000 bond.
Sanchez is accused of participating in a ring that smuggled illegal aliens into the United States from Mexico. Eagle County deputies claim Sanchez was paid to deliver the human cargo from Phoenix to the El Jebel area.
The stepfather and boy arrived in El Jebel Saturday in a van driven by Sanchez, but they couldn’t pay the $800 fee, according to deputies.
“The van driver then kept the 13-year-old boy as collateral and let the man go to try and locate the money,” said a press release from the sheriff’s office.
The stepfather called Eagle County deputies from the El Jebel trailer home and reported that neither he nor the child consented to the driver taking the boy.
The next day, the van driver called the stepfather and told him to bring the money to a hotel at Federal Boulevard and Interstate 70 in exchange for the boy. The van driver intended to deliver other illegal aliens to Kansas after the Denver layover, according to authorities.
Eagle County investigators alerted the Denver Police Department, FBI and Adams County Sheriff’s Office for assistance. An Adams County deputy located the van at about 1 p.m. Sunday and was told by Sanchez where to locate the missing boy, according to a police report.
The boy was found unharmed, along with three other juveniles and an adult, at another hotel.
Sanchez was arrested after an interview with the FBI. The juveniles were taken into protective custody by Adams County Youth Services, and the allegedly abducted boy was later reunited with his stepfather.
The stepfather signed an INS form agreeing to return to Mexico. “The INS status of the boy is not known at this time,” said a press release from the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office. The status of the other juveniles and the one adult discovered in Denver is also unknown.
The INS has taken over investigation of the smuggling operation.
Sanchez is a citizen of Mexico with a temporary resident alien status in the United States. He may be deported after the government pursues criminal proceedings.
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