Two suspected kidnappers from Mexico nabbed in Franklin County

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) apprehended two Mexican nationals who had been wanted for crimes in Mexico for 14 years.

Sheriff Steve Thomas says warrants taken out are still valid.

On Oct. 27, 2004, a judicial judge in Michoacán, Mexico signed a warrant for arrest, charging 43-year-old Arminda Espinoza-Albarran with kidnapping and 41-year-old Jose Mendez-Paniagua with kidnapping and attempted murder. On April 14, 2014, INTERPOL issued an International Red Notice charging Espinoza with kidnapping,” said Thomas.

From Mexico 14 years ago, the search finally ended in Franklin County, Georgia.

On Tuesday morning, Nov. 6, 2018, the ICE Atlanta Field Office assisting with Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputies, arrested Romando Espinoza and Jose Mendez, citizens and nationals of Mexico living near Lavonia without further incident. INTERPOL has been notified and the two men are waiting extradition. Espinoza and Mendez will remain in ICE custody awaiting a hearing from an immigration judge. We firmly believe this arrest would not have been possible without the cooperation of federal agents and local law enforcement officials,” said Thomas.

Thomas did not say where the two suspected kidnappers were being held by ICE.