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Kidnappers trick their victims by posing as OIJ agents

August 19th, 2013 ( A report by the Statistics Section of the Judiciary found that three out of the five kidnappings-for-ransom conducted in Costa Rica in 2012 involved the kidnappers posing as agents of the Judicial Investigation Organization (OIJ) in order to “arrest and detain” their victims.


The report also showed that in all five cases, suspects demanded cash in order to free their victims.  Unlike previous years, there were no demands made for the return of drugs or weapons.


All five of the kidnappings took place in urban areas – three took place in San José, while the other two were in Alajuela and Limon, and involved a total of seven victims between 18 and 40 years of age.

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  • disgusted

    Just wondering How can anyone here Ticos , gringos and all know who is who here in police uniform. Do you every time just call 911 and hope who shows up OIJ, Police are really on the up and up.

  • mhogan

    Was that “posing” as OIJ agents or was it OIJ agents? Perhaps I’m reading it wrong.

    • Timothy Williams

      The report says the suspects ‘posed’ as OIJ agents, NOT that they were legitimate agents.

  • coolbreeze55

    what is going on in Costa Rica? the crime rate is really soaring…Is this all drug problems? Or corruption within the govt? I always thought CR was a very safe play to vacation

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