2 Charged after Christmas Day Kidnapping at Progreso Port of Entry Parking Lot

By: Valerie Gonzalez

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PROGRESO – Two men are charged with trying to kidnap a woman from the parking lot to the Progreso port of entry.

Jesus Daniel Lugo, 29, and Brian Illas Hernandez, 39, were arrested and charged with aggravated kidnapping with a deadly weapon Thursday.

According to probable cause affidavits, the incident happened Christmas Day in the evening at the Progreso port of entry parking lot.

San Juan police responded to a call from a man claiming his girlfriend was kidnapped. Using his cellphone to locate her, police later found her at an apartment complex.

The couple was accompanied by a friend who witnessed the two arguing in the parking lot.

According to the witness, two unknown men were recording the argument. It led to a confrontation with the victim who demanded they delete the video. That's when the men forced the victim into a car at gun point and drove to San Juan.

The kidnapped woman told Hidalgo County sheriff's deputies she was forced into a Mercedes Benz SUV after they located her. The suspects and victim were inside when they were found. A gun was recovered from the vehicle.

Lugo and Hernandez were arrested and sent to jail. According to court documents, they told the investigators they did not know the victim.

A bond of $100,000 was issued to each.


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