An FBI agent shot and killed a kidnapping victim Thursday in Houston, Texas - a victim the FBI appears to have been trying to rescue. Police were able to locate the victim to a home on Elbert Street in northeast Houston, where authorities moved in and made contact with the third remaining suspect.
Victim Ulises Villadares was shot to death and later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. Authorities tracked down two of the three suspects through a cell phone to a hotel in Webster.
Authorities said two men forced their way into the home around 8 a.m. Villadares and his 12-year-son were inside at the time.
The man's brother reportedly told police he received a call later that day from a man who said he was with "the cartel" and he wanted $20,000 in ransom money or his brother would be killed. Conroe police Chief Philip Dupuis said two suspects took Valladares with them and left the child behind.
That neighbor called the boy's uncle who went to meet with police to discuss the situation. 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.
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The woman inside the home, Sophia Perez Heath, 35, was arrested. Furthermore, investigators alleged the suspects threatened Valladares other family members, who they could easily name because the victim is related to Cunningham by marriage.
Monique McKnight, a neighbor in Trinity Gardens, told KPRC-TV she was woken up by the raid.
Nicholas Chase Cunningham, 42, and Jimmy Tony Sanchez, 38, were arrested Wednesday night and were charged with aggravated kidnapping and aggravated robbery. Local police said the victim had been kidnapped and held for ransom, CBS News is reporting.
Valladares was still bound with duct tape, according to a court affidavit. Tarver says agents will investigate what the agent was doing at the time of the shooting, who was around him and dive into his background and experience. "I can't tell you specifically why we were here, but I can tell you that it was an FBI operation", said Christina Garza with the Houston FBI, when asked of the agency's role during the raid. "Whether it was accidental or not, the man's not going home to his family".
"The kidnappers put this into play, and so they are responsible for the outcome".