An FBI agent fatally shot a kidnap victim during a raid early Thursday at a Houston home, authorities said. When Villadares answered the door, the men pushed their way in with guns, according to investigators.
Police in Conroe, about 40 miles north of Houston, confirmed the man had been kidnapped and held for ransom.
Police said the men broke into a home in Conroe and held the man and his 12-year-old son captive. During their search for valuables, the child told police that he heard the men say that his uncle owed them $8,000. Eventually, they took Villadares with them and left the son tied up, ordering him not to go to the police.
The raid of the northeast Houston home was over before the neighbors knew what was happening. It was then that Federal Bureau of Investigation agents fatally shot him, accidentally.More news: Apple sold 29 million iPhone X units during the holiday quarter, report
Heath is charged with aggravated kidnapping. Furthermore, investigators alleged the suspects threatened Valladares other family members, who they could easily name because the victim is related to Cunningham by marriage.
As the circumstances surrounding the man's death remain under investigation, three suspects in the kidnapping were in court Friday morning on charges of taking part in a chaotic plot that police say involved a home invasion, the escape of a child and a ransom demand. Detectives were questioning the child and uncle, who also lived at the Texas home, when the uncle reportedly received a call from someone demanding money and claiming to be with a cartel.
"The system failed", Philip Dupuis, the police chief in Conroe, said at a news conference Thursday about the victim's shooting.
Monique McKnight, a neighbor in Trinity Gardens, told KPRC-TV she was woken up by the raid. Agents also located the cellphone used to call the brother, according the court documents. "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. Jimmy Tony Sanchez and Nicholas Chase Cunningham were booked into the Montgomery County jail on charges of aggravated kidnapping.More news: Marshall Co. School Shooting Suspect Ordered Held in Juvenile Court
Health, 35, is being charged with aggravated kidnapping.
The FBI's Shooting Incident Review Team arrived from Washington, D.C.to further investigate the shooting.
"The kidnappers put this into play, and so they are responsible for the outcome".More news: Sheriff's deputy shot and killed in Colorado