• Brazil, July 16, 2018

    The mother of the Brazilian footballer Taison, a member of the World Cup squad who plays for the Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk, was kidnapped by an armed gang but rescued within hours after police located their hideout. The woman, Rosângela Freda, 57, was lured to the security gates in front of her home in the Navegantes neighborhood in the city of Pelotas, Rio Grande do Sul state, by a man delivering flowers and was bundled into a waiting car. According to a police official the gang did not have time to issue a ransom demand. Freda was taken to a house in Monte Bonito on the outskirts of the city, Police had found the gang’s hideout after officers spotted the getaway vehicle, a white Fiat Siena, from a description broadcast on police radio. Officers circle around the location where the vehicle had been seen and within an hour located. When officers approached the house, one man escaped and four were arrested. The man who escaped was identified by one officer as a known local criminal with a record for homicide and drug crimes. Two others also had criminal records. Police found a .44 revolver, a shotgun, cocaine and marijuana in the house. Freda was found with her hands tied behind her back in a garage at the back of the property. (theguardian.com, 17 July 2018)