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Posted: Feb 19, 2014 9:50 PM

Updated: Feb 19, 2014 10:58 PM

HIDALGO COUNTY - Sheriff's deputies on Wednesday rammed a heavily-reinforced gate to access a house where a kidnapping victim was held, officials said.

Deputies are searching for Jose Juan Mendoza Contreras in the kidnapping of Juan Pedro Borjas.

Borjas was taken at gunpoint from his home north of Weslaco last week. He escaped Monday morning.

The house is off FM 493 and Mile 22 ½ Road. Investigators say the kidnappers used the house to hide Borjas.

"Our Borjas kidnapping investigation has led us to this home as being the first home where our kidnap victim was stashed for the first, maybe the first two nights," Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino said.

Investigators said Mendoza is heavily armed and should be considered extremely dangerous.

Mendoza and another man forced Borjas into a pickup truck last week. They demanded a ransom, but never specified an amount.

"The gate, as you can see on the foundation on the post, was one of the heaviest that I've ever seen. We had to use our SWAT Lenco Bear (vehicle) to ram the gate. We had to ram it twice," Trevino said.

"We learned in the last five or six hours that Mr. Contreras is heavily armed, and is also carrying several hand grenades with him. He has not said that he is going to use them. He has not said that he is not going to be taken alive, anything like that," Trevino said.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Hidalgo Crime Stoppers at 956-668-8477.

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