PHILADELPHIA (WTXF) - Philadelphia police have released a photo a local business owner after they say he was assaulted and abducted in North Philadelphia earlier this month. Images of the suspects have also been released.
The 2000 block of North Orkney Street seemed quiet peaceful Thursday night. But neighbors who now know about the violence that took place behind an apartment door say looks can be deceiving.
Philadelphia police say 27-year-old Luis Alejandro Cheuder Ramon--a local businessman who flips houses and owns a bar told his wife he was to meet with a couple of men at the couple's Orkney Street property on the afternoon June 19.
Later that evening, she began receiving phone calls from unknown individuals who were demanding a ransom for her husband's safe return.
"On June 21, our victim's wife met an individual in the area of 23rd and Oregon Avenue where she did pay a ransom for his safe return. She was then instructed that she would later receive word on him and (they would) release him. She has not heard back from him since," Special Victims Unit Captain Mark Burgmann said.
Just released security camera footage shows the vehicles and men believed involved in the kidnapping: a silver Lexus, a blue Lincoln Navigator and this blue Volkswagen Passat. Note the two men removing a child safety seat to make more room in the car.
Investigators say Ramon's wife waited until Tuesday of this week to report his disappearance.
Cops rushed to the Orkney Street address
"When we did get inside there, we did see obvious signs of a struggle that occurred inside that location, along with a significant amount of blood," Captain Burgmann said.
Our Dave Schratwieser has reported the ransom paid was 30,000 in cash and jewelry, but Ramon has not been seen since June 19.