PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia police say a man was kidnapped in broad daylight last week in North Philadelphia and held for ransom. Police are asking for help in finding 27-year-old Luis Alejandro Chueder Ramon and the men who abducted him.
The victim is a landlord and bar owner from Bucks County.
During a Thursday afternoon press conference, police say Ramon was kidnapped during a meeting on June 19 on the 2000 block of North Orkney Street with people he thought were potential tenants.
Instead, a fight ensued before Ramon was kidnapped.
“When we did get inside there we did see obvious signs of a struggle that occurred inside that location along with a significant amount of blood inside there,” said Philadelphia Police SVU Capt. Mark Burgmann.
Security cameras captured two men getting into cars and leaving the scene of the crime.
“It depicts three separate vehicles involved in this kidnapping,” Burgmann said.
Police need help in identifying three cars – a blue Lincoln Navigator, a blue Volkswagen and a silver Lexus – and who the vehicles belong to.
“One has a distinctive haircut, the other individual is a very large male,” Burgmann said of the suspects. “We know at least six individuals are involved in this crime, captured on video. And the one male is very large, he towers over the other individuals.”
Police say Ramon’s wife got a call from an unknown man, asking for ransom and to tell no one.
“She was told not to and she did not,” said Burgmann.
On June 21, the victim’s wife agreed to pay the ransom for her husband’s safe return. They met alone at 23rd Street and Oregon Avenue in South Philadelphia.
“She was later instructed she would receive word on when they would release him. She has not heard back from him since,” said Burgmann.
The victim’s wife decided to finally report the abduction to police this past Tuesday, one week after it happened. She told authorities she has no idea who the abductors are and neither do police.
If you have any information about this incident, please call police at 215-685-3251/3252.