Wife arrested after couple 'kidnapped businessmen, forced them to listen to loud music in coffins for MONTHS… and cut off US victim’s finger'
A HUSBAND and wife are accused of kidnapping wealthy businessmen and locking them in coffins with music blaring beside their heads.
The married couple allegedly targeted foreign investors and pensioners, keeping them in caskets for months on end.
Spanish-born Isabel Mazarro Gomez de Santiago and her husband Raul Julio Escobar Poblete are accused of being part of a dangerous gang that operated in Mexico.
The 40-year-old Mazarro Gomez de Santiago has now been arrested in the Asturias region of northwestern Spain in connection with the chilling extortion racket.
She and her husband are accused of keeping their victims hostage until their families agreed to pay a ransom, playing loud music to make their hostages' captivity even worse. Poblete, originally from Chile, allegedly posed as an entrepreneur to target victims. Using the fake name Ramon Alberto Guerra Valencia, he was seized in May while allegedly collecting a ransom in Mexico
One of the couple's alleged victims was hotelier Carlos Xavier Araiza Torres, who was held captive for 10 months.
He says that much of that time he was forced to remain in a wooden coffin while the gang kept music playing 24 hours a day.
The pair also reportedly cut a finger off an elderly American woman they held for two and a half months.
According to El Pais, Nancy Michell Kendall, was held captive until Poblete was arrested by the Mexican authorities and he made a phone call from custody ensuring her release.
Another report, in Mexico News Daily, says a Mexican police file lists the contents of the package that Escobar Poblete paid a taxi driver 500 pesos to deliver to the victim’s husband at the Nirvana Hotel, in the city of San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato.
Inside were four document, two written in Spanish, one in French and one with images of the victim as well as a USB flash drive, a blue box and a small jar which con- tained the victim's severed little finger.
The Mexican authorities put in a request to the Spanish Civil Guard to arrest Gomez de Santiago, who they suspected had fled the country.
Spanish police tracked her from the eastern region of Alicante across the country before eventually arresting her.
It is believed that Poblete was once part of a Marxist terrorist organisation who tried to overthrow Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet.