Update: FBI officials arrest two men involved in kidnapping scheme case

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LAREDO, Texas (KGNS) - FBI officials have arrested two Laredo men for conspiracy to violate interstate communications by demanding money prior to releasing two hostages.

Twenty-one-year-old John Daniel Pavon and 21-year-old Juan Manuel Ancira made their initial appearance on Monday before a federal judge.

There is a detention hearing pending for this Friday.

According to reports, last week a man from Kansas called authorities stating that he received a call from an unknown person in Laredo claiming to be holding his son against his will.

The unknown man instructed him to send $2,000 through Money-gram or he would not release his son.

The next day, the FBI spoke to a group of people outside of a residence on Guadalajara Street.

Agents discovered that the two men allegedly ran out of the home and jumped the fence.

They were the Wichita man’s son and another kidnapping victim.

The second victim reported that his captors asked his family in Louisiana for $4,000.

If convicted, Pavon and Ancira could face up to 20 years in a federal prison.

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FBI officials have charged two men in the alleged kidnapping scheme.

Over the weekend FBI stated that on February 8th Border Patrol contacted them and reported the possible scheme where undocumented immigrants were being kidnapped.

FBI officials were able to track down Brittany Peña, the woman believed to have information about the case.

The FBI thanks the public for the calls and tips that helped locate Peña,.
More details

The U.S. Attorney's Office-Southern District of Texas is expected to release more on the case later on.

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The FBI is looking for information into an alleged kidnapping-for-ransom scheme carried out in the Gateway City.

Officials say on February 8th, Border Patrol contacted the FBI and reported a possible scheme where undocumented immigrants were being kidnapped.

Investigations revealed at least three individuals were allegedly involved.
The FBI is currently looking for Brittany Peña, who is believed to have information on the alleged scheme.

Peña is described as 22-years-old 5, 2, with dark brown hair and brown eyes.

If you have any information or know her whereabouts, you are asked to contact the FBI at 210-225-6741 or submit a tip online here.