An illegal border crossing took a bad turn in Mountain View on Sunday (March 20) after the family of a woman was unable to pay the extra money demanded by an immigrant smuggler, a police spokeswoman said.
The victim, a 32-year-old who had been living in Malin, Ore., went to visit her parents in Mexico recently. After she had trouble getting back into the U.S., some family members living in Mountain View paid $3,300 to a "coyote" -- or smuggler -- to bring the woman back into the country, according to Liz Wylie, public information officer for the Mountain View Police Department.
After crossing the border, she was handed off to another smuggler, who drove her north, Wylie wrote in an e-mail. She arrived in Mountain View yesterday, but when her family could not pay the additional $800 the smuggler demanded, he kidnapped her and sped away, at times driving on the sidewalk to get around other drivers.
The family called 911 with a description of the vehicle -- a blue Nissan Altima with Arizona plates -- which was soon located by police traveling south on Highway 101, according to Wylie.
Mountain View police and California Highway Patrol officers pulled the car over without incident and arrested Nicandro Aparicio, a 26-year-old from Alabaster, Ariz., Wylie wrote. He was booked into county jail where Immigration and Customs Enforcement placed a hold on him, which will prohibit him from being released on bail.
The woman was returned to her family and plans to apply for a visa so she may live in the country legally, according to Wylie.