Costa Rica and Spain police have detained 12 people who were allegedly involved in the kidnapping of an American businessman. Though the family of the missing person paid the ransom in Bitcoin but the victim is still missing.
A 43-year-old American businessman, William Sean ‘Tony’ Creighton was kidnapped on 24th September 2018 in Costa Rica. William owned a Costa Rica based online gambling company 5Dimes. In a press release, the Public Ministry said that,
“On the day of the events, the accused followed him during the night to Granadilla de Curridabat, where, with the presumed collaboration of the two Transit officials, they allegedly boarded the businessman when he was traveling in his car and, subsequently, he was taken to the site of captivity.”
William was traveling in Porsche Cayenne which was found in a crashed condition in Heredia. The kidnappers demanded a ransom of $950,800 in Bitcoin. According to the director of the Judicial Police, Walter Espinoza, the family of the victim received extortion calls and paid the demanded money in the form of Bitcoin for his secure release. But till now it is not known where he is.
According to police:
“The payment in virtual money gave us access to a wallet, the IP (unique identifier of the equipment) was tracked and the location of this was specified.”
The police used the payment to track the location of the suspects. Three suspects were arrested in Zaragoza, Spain. These suspects are considered to be the ringleaders. They fled Costa Rica once the family of the victim paid the ransom. Before traveling to Spain they spent some time in Cuba. The Costa Rican police have also arrested nine other suspects.
To find the suspects, Costa Rica and Spain police have launched a joint operation and arrested a total of 12 people who are allegedly involved in the kidnapping of William. All of the suspects are said to be Costa Rican. The victim is still missing and the police from both the countries are trying hard to find the American businessman.