February 18, 2018

No bond set for two suspects in deadly kidnapping

27 January 2018, 08:20 | Kara Nash

Sophia Perez Heath 35 is charged with aggravated kidnapping

Sophia Perez Heath 35 is charged with aggravated kidnapping

"FBI was conducting an operation at a home in the 7300 block of Elbert Street in Northeast Houston". When Villadares answered the door, the men pushed their way in with guns, according to investigators.

When FBI agents tracked the location of the two men using cellphone signals, they were led to a motel where they discovered Cunningham and Sanchez. Initially, they told Ulises Valladares his brother owed them $8,000. The young boy was able to call police from a neighbor's home.

Meanwhile, an uncle arrived at the house and got a phone call from a man demanding money in exchange for Valladares' return, police said. The victim was struck by at least one gunshot at a home, but later died at a hospital, in what the Federal Bureau of Investigation called an "operation" it was conducting at the residence.

After the shooting, a third suspect inside the home was arrested.Sophia Perez Heath, 35, is also charged with aggravated kidnapping.

Suspects Jimmy Sanchez, Nicholas Cunningham and Sophia Heath are accused of kidnapping Ullises Villadares and holding him for ransom.

Despite this, Smith said there's no indication that the suspects have ties to any cartel, according to The Houston Chronicle. Two men detained at the hotel were charged with aggravated kidnapping and aggravated robbery. Local police said the victim had been kidnapped and held for ransom, CBS News is reporting.

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A neighbor, Monique McKnight, told reporters that two adults and two children lived at the home and that she was questioned by agents seeking information about the children.

Valladares was still bound with duct tape, according to a court affidavit.

In addition, other people were inside the home at the time of the operation, including children.

The agent who killed the man has been placed on routine administrative leave, Garza said. "Whether it was accidental or not, the man is not going home to his family". [.] The FBI takes very seriously any shooting incidents involving our agents and as such have an effective, time-tested process for addressing them. The suspects still might face murder charges.

The town's police chief made a statement on the incident shortly after the shooting.

"The kidnappers put this into play so they're ultimately responsible for the outcome", said Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon.

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