Ramos’ kidnap ordeal is over

The Washington Nationals catcher was abducted outside his home in Valencia last week (09Nov11) by four gunmen.

A police investigation led a crack force to the kidnappers’ remote mountain hideout in Carabobo and Ramos was rescued following a shoot-out on Friday (11Nov11).

Meeting with reporters to talk briefly about his ordeal on Saturday (12Nov11), the sportsman said, “It was very hard for me. It was very hard for my family.

“Three guys grabbed me in front of my house, they took me to another SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle) and from there they took me into the mountains… They simply told me to co-operate, that they were going to ask for a ton of cash for me.

“They put me in a room with a bed. I was lying there. It was hard for me to think about, if I was going to get out alive first of all.”

Reports suggest four of the captors have been arrested. Four others escaped.

Ramos had returned home to Venezuela to play in the Venezuelan league during his off-season, and he isn’t about to let his kidnap ordeal wreck his sports plans.

He added, “As soon as I feel alright, I’m going to start playing. They didn’t physically harm me, but psychologically I underwent very great harm.”