Hostage at Mexico Border Beaten for Extortion of Victim’s Texas Family

A 26-year-old Pharr, Texas man has admitted to hostage taking, announced U.S. Attorney Alamdar S. Hamdani.

Sixto Gonzalez Jr. admitted he unlawfully detained a 19-year-old Alamo, Texas man in order to force a ransom to be paid for his safe return.

On June 23, 2021, Gonzalez lured the victim into Mexico by purporting to have a potential job opportunity to give him.

Victim bypassed Pharr-Reynosa bridge on foot.

Gonzalez picked the victim up after the victim crossed into Mexico on foot. When they arrived at a house located in Reynosa, Mexico, Gonzalez and several co-conspirators beat and restrained the victim.

Between June 23 and June 25, 2021, Gonzalez and his co-conspirators demanded $5,000 and a firearm in exchange for his return.

When the family could not immediately obtain the funds, conspirators sent a video to the victim’s family with footage of him being beaten with a wooden board until the board fractured.

Much drug & human trafficking goes through Pharr region.

Law enforcement eventually determined the location of the house where he was being held.

They conducted a search of the home and found the victim bound with zip ties, covered with a blanket and with bruises throughout his body. They also discovered Gonzalez located inside the house.

U.S. District Judge Ricardo Hinojosa will impose sentencing Aug. 18. At that time, Gonzalez faces up to life in prison and a possible $250,000 maximum fine.

He has been and will remain in custody pending that hearing.

Throughout 2023, besides the illegal immigration invasion into the United States, there has been tremendous chaos due to Mexican drug blockades, especially in the state of Tamaulipas. Beginning in mid-April, organized crime unleashed its anger with the burning of transport vehicles on the Reynosa-Pharr border bridge, where trailers were demonstrating


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