National Army of Colombia

You are here: Skip Breadcrumbs navigation bar Homeimagen no disponible Press and Communicationsimagen no disponible Newsimagen no disponible Army and CTI capture a criminal who was posing as a member of the ELN to extort people in Antioquia

End Breadcrumbs navigation bar


Army and CTI capture a criminal who was posing as a member of the ELN to extort people in Antioquia

August 10, 2018

Army and CTI capture a criminal who was posing as a member of the ELN to extort people in Antioquia The detainee posed as a member of the Daro Ramrez Castro War Front of the ELN
Enlarge Image [+]
The victim received constant threatening calls demanding large amounts of money and even a letter supposedly signed by the ELN.
When a victim of extortion was delivering the money, a man was captured by troops of the Fourth Brigade, attached to the Seventh Division of the National Army, and agents of the CTI of the Office of the Attorney General of the Nation in the Medelln-Bogot highway, near the Zamora neighborhood of the municipality of Bello, north of the Valle de Aburr.

According to the investigations conducted by the Oriente Military Gaula, the perpetrator, identified as Jorge Gmez, aged 28, was posing as a guerrilla of the Daro Ramrez Castro War Front of the ELN to intimidate inhabitants and merchants of the municipality of Marinilla, eastern Antioquia.

This man constantly called his victims to their mobile phones demanding the payment of large amounts of money in exchange for not kidnapping their relatives, making clear at all times that he knew the daily routines of the victim. He even sent letters stating that the ELN was allegedly present in the San Nicols Valley area and that, if not the money was not paid, the relatives would suffer the consequences.

This person, who was identified thanks to the timely report of his victim, was issued an arrest warrant for the crime of extortion by the Anti-Extortion and Kidnapping Special Office 53 of the Attorney General, which allowed the units of the Fourth Brigade and the CTI to arrest him.

It is worth noting that the ELN does not operate in eastern Antioquia and that, so far in 2018, the Eastern Antioquia Military Gaula has arrested 94 people for the crimes of extortion and kidnapping.

The Fourth Brigade continues to give hard blows to the criminal organizations that seek to generate fear among the civilian population of the jurisdiction. It also works to counteract the crimes that threaten personal freedom and the social, economic and cultural development of the Antioquia communities. All civilians are invited to keep reporting kidnappings or extortions through the toll-free line 147.