Smuggler kidnaps woman from Mountain View

Police arrest Arizona 'coyote' after victim's family couldn't pay ransom

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.

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Posted by Cate
a resident of Stanford
on Mar 23, 2011 at 2:04 am

I completely agree with Oceania except that I think this smuggled woman, and any of her family who are illegally here, ought to be deported first and then they can apply for a visa. Actually, I think people who are illegally in the US ought to be jailed for a few months and then deported. Hopefully that will make them think twice before coming here, if they know they risk being thrown in jail and not making any money.

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Posted by Mr. Ironic
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 23, 2011 at 9:18 am

Dam they have $3000 to spend? on a relative? to sneak her in the US? I sware they have hella money. I dont know how they do it.

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Posted by Ms. Wow
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Mar 23, 2011 at 9:58 am

Wow I can't believe this...She is allowed to stay and apply for VISA. The Coyote and her should have been jailed. Why is it that "USA" allow this? People that are born and raised in the USA are being laid off, losing their homes, can't receive a descent education, unable to receive any assistance, etc...etc... Others from different countries and origins come into America illegally or legally and draining US dry. Reap all the benefits! I just don't understand this Country today.

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