Pulido, a Mexico national team striker, was kidnapped after
leaving a party on Saturday night, but managed to escape by
punching a guard, snatching a cell phone, and calling for help
from the house where he was held in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas.
Police had already detained a captor, one of at least four
involved, who belonged to a criminal gang, authorities said on
But on Tuesday local officials said they had nabbed 29-year-old
Osvaldo Velazquez Garcia, the mastermind of the crime and
husband of Pulido's cousin.
Tamaulipas, which abuts the U.S. state of Texas, is an
especially violent area of Mexico, which is grappling with drug
Pulido was a member of the Mexican national team that competed
in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. He has also played for the
Greek team Levadiakos and the Mexican club Tigres.
(Reporting by Jean Luis Arce and Alexandra Alper; Editing by
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