Crime Beat: The Value of Experts


Anti-kidnapping expert kidnapped

MEXICO CITY – A U.S. anti-kidnapping expert was abducted by gunman in northern Mexico last week, a sign of just how bold this nation’s kidnapping gangs have become.

U.S. security consultant Felix Batista – who claims to have helped resolve nearly 100 kidnap and ransom cases – was in Satillo in Coahuila state to offer advice on how to confront abductions for ransom when he himself was seized, local authorities said.

Unknown assailants grabbed him on Dec. 10, said Charles LeBlanc, the president of the Houston, Texas-based security firm ASI Global LLC., where Batista is a consultant.

"We have notified the FBI and Mexican authorities and they are working on the case," LeBlanc said Monday. "What we are doing is we’re offering our support to the family and hoping for the best."

The U.S. Embassy in Mexico City said it would not comment on the case, and LeBlanc declined to say whether the kidnappers had demanded a ransom.


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1 Response to Crime Beat: The Value of Experts

  1. Stella says:

    Oh the irony. Suppose the ran the "Why do you keep hitting yourself?" routine on him?Nigel Carlos Patel

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