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For Immediate Release

October 17, 2012 SDUSM Robert Julien, Southern District of Texas (956) 237-0874
Gulf Coast Task Force Captures 3 Subjects on Charges of Aggravated Kidnapping

Laredo, TX - On October 17, 2012 the Gulf Coast Violent Offender and Fugitive Task Force (GCVOFTF) arrested Aggravated Kidnapping subjects Carlos Oswaldo Zambrano (27), Romero Hinojosa Jr., (48), and Abraham Linares (23). The three subjects were wanted as a result of them absconding from the Webb County Court House on October 16, 2012 during a recess of a court appearance. The original incident of Aggravated Kidnapping occurred on May 2, 2012, when all subjects were allegedly involved in the kidnapping of a male subject at gun point from his residence. The GCVOFTF conducted their investigation and after a long intensive search; the 3 subjects were tracked and apprehended in the early morning at various locations throughout the Laredo area. All three subjects were taken to Webb County Jail without any incidents.

The Gulf Coast Violent Offender Fugitive Task Force is a team comprised of federal and state law enforcement officers throughout Southern District of Texas, to include U.S. Marshals, Laredo Police Department, Webb County Sheriff’s Departments, Border Patrol, and Homeland Security. The task force objective is to seek out and arrest violent criminals, gang members, and sex offenders. U.S. Marshals-led district task forces arrested 86,400 state and local fugitives in FY 2011, clearing approximately 113,300 state and local felony warrants.

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