Warehouse Captive Rescued After a Month in NYC

May 23, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

Warehouse captive rescued: A man who was held captive for a month in a warehouse in New York City was rescued by police, it was reported.

Authorities said his kidnappers demanded $3 million in ransom from his family in Ecuador, officials told Reuters.

Pedro Portugal, 52, was discovered in a Queens warehouse bound with cloth and duct tape. He was kidnapped on April 18 by a man who apparently impersonated a police officer.

He was forced into a vehicle by the man and his accomplice.

Three men were charged late on Wednesday in connection with the abduction.

“This is a terrifying story,” Richard Brown, Queens district attorney, said in a statement obtained by the news agency.

“The victim allegedly suffered physical injuries and has been deeply traumatized,” Brown said, according to the New York Daily News. “The case warrants vigorous prosecution.”

The News reported that his hand was burned with acid and his teeth were shattered. They also threatened to cut off his fingers and kill him.

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