Kidnappers release one American, one Texan in Mexican border state
PIEDRAS NEGRAS, Mexico – A Texan man and a Mexican man kidnapped by 30 to 40 gunmen at a hunting ranch were released Wednesday unharmed, but three others remained missing, authorities said.Coahuila state prosecutor Jesus Torres gave no further details about the release of David Mueller, 45, of the Sweetwater, Texas area, and Fidel Rodriguez Cerdan, of Monterrey. The men were on a hunting trip when they were abducted from a ranch near the U.S. border over the weekend.Librado Pina Jr., 49, and his son Librado Pina III, 25, both of Laredo, Texas; and the hunting ranch’s cook, Marco Ortiz, remain missing, Torres said.Witnesses told police that 30 to 40 armed men entered the La Barranca ranch late Sunday and took the five men away.The elder Pina owns the popular deer-hunting ranch near Hidalgo in Coahuila state, about 40 miles (65 kms) northwest of Nuevo Laredo. Santos Vasquez Estrada, the local head of the Coahuila state attorney general’s office, said the elder Pina may have been the target of the attack.Mexican police said the assailants stole five all-terrain vehicles, two pickup trucks, furnishings, appliances and even food and wine from the ranch.”It’s just a random act,” said Martha Pina Garcia, the sister of the ranch’s owner. “They saw a huge house, probably. It’s a hunting ranch, so he brings clients and customers all the time.”Police said the assailants stole five all-terrain vehicles, two pickup trucks, furnishings, appliances and even food and wine.Martha Pina Garcia said relatives have not received a ransom demand.