FBI Agent shots kidnapping victim: botched raid in Houston

FBI Agent shots kidnapping victim: botched raid in Houston

FBI Agent shots kidnapping victim: botched raid in Houston

Investigators learned that the kidnapping victim was being held in a different location in the 7300 block of Elbert Street, in Trinity Gardens, in northeast Houston.

An FBI agent shot brutally, a kidnapping victim while a botched operation was going on.

Cunningham and Sanchez burst into the man's Conroe home on Wednesday morning, demanded money, tied up the man and his 12-year-old son and then ransacked their home, according to detectives.

The two armed men appeared to be looking for Villadares' brother, who lived in the home but wasn't present. The kidnapping victim, whose name wasn't immediately released, died later at a hospital. Cunningham, married to a relative of Villadares' brother, admitted to having a girlfriend who was holding Villadares, court documents show.

During their search for valuables, the child told police that he heard the men say that his uncle, who was not home during the break-in, owed them $8,000.

Investigators say the kidnappers claimed to be part of a drug cartel and made ransom demands before they were captured. Two men and one woman are charged with aggravated kidnapping.

"The system failed", Philip Dupuis, the police chief in Conroe, said at a news conference Thursday about the victim's shooting.

In addition, a third suspect - Sophia Perez Heath, 35 - was arrested and charged with aggravated kidnapping.


Conroe police brought the Federal Bureau of Investigation into the case at that point, and authorities tracked the call to a Houston motel, the Chronicle reported.

His last arrest in 2004 resulted in an aggravated robbery conviction.

Valladares was still bound with duct tape, according to a court affidavit. During the course of the operation, an individual was fatally injured.

The agent who shot Valladares has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

The caller added that they were watching the house and if police became involved in the ransom exchange, Valladares would be killed.

The FBI said the shooting was being investigated by an internal incident review team and results will be shared with the Department of Justice and local police.

"In the interest of protecting the investigation's integrity, we can not comment regarding investigative details", she said in an emailed statement.

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