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Venezuelan authorities said Friday they are confident they can quickly solve the kidnapping of Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos.
The abduction on Wednesday was the first known kidnapping of a major leaguer in a country that has scores of players on big league rosters, and it has brought a renewed focus on rising violent crime in Venezuela.
Deputy Justice Minister Edwin Rojas said investigators are making progress in gathering evidence and have physical descriptions of the kidnappers based on the accounts of relatives.
''We have faith in the quick resolution of this case,'' Rojas told state television. He said President Hugo Chavez's government ''is working 24 hours a day to solve this case.''
Armed men seized Ramos at gunpoint Wednesday outside his home in a working-class neighborhood in the city of Valencia. Authorities said Thursday that they had found a stolen SUV used by the kidnappers abandoned in a nearby town.
Neighbors held a candlelight vigil outside his home and prayed for Ramos, as did fans at a baseball game in Valencia on Thursday.
At games in three Venezuelan stadiums Thursday night, players and fans observed a minute of silence in support of Ramos. Some held signs reading: ''Free Wilson Ramos!''
Teams added green to their uniforms, some sporting a green ribbon on one shoulder, others a green ''W'' for Wilson embroidered on their jerseys.
Security has increasingly become a concern for Venezuelan players and their families as a rising wave of kidnappings has hit the wealthy as well as the middle class.
Venezuelan police said 618 kidnappings were reported in 2009, and the numbers have grown rapidly in recent years. In 1998, when Chavez was elected, just 52 kidnappings were reported. Security experts say the real number of kidnappings today is much higher because many cases aren't reported to authorities.
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The horror of Washington Nationals C Wilson Ramos' kidnapping has sadly not yet been resolved today, but a few more details have emerged this morning. We will again attempt to keep this post updated throughout the day as new developments are reported.
Venezuelan Minister of Interior Justice Tareck El Aissami has reported that the vehicle that Ramos was taken away in has been...
It's been nearly two full days since Wasingtion Nationals C Wilson Ramos was kidnapped from his Venezuela home. As NatsTown is doing everything it can to bond and support Ramos and his family during this trying time, including hosting a fan-organized candlelight vigil tonight at Nationals Park, it would be remiss of us to ignore the lack of coverage of this issue by ESPN, the...
Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos has been rescued after being kidnapped in his native Venezuela.
Venezuelan authorities say police have rescued Washington
Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos two days after he was kidnapped.
CARACAS, Venezuela—Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos was abducted by gunmen Wednesday from his home in his native Venezuela.
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuelan authorities said Friday they are confident they can quickly solve the kidnapping of Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos.
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