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Venezuelan cops rescue kidnapped Nationals catcher

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Baseball player Wilson Ramos kisses his girlfriend after being rescued in Valencia Nov. 12. Venezuelan security forces rescued kidnapped Major League Baseball player Wilson Ramos on Friday, two days after he was abducted in a case that underlined the country's security problems. The 24-year-old Washington Nationals catcher was abducted by armed men Wednesday night while he chatted with friends and relatives at his mother's home in the Venezuelan city of Valencia.

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Venezuelan police escort men arrested in connection with the kidnapping of baseball player Wilson Ramos in Valencia, Venezuela, Nov. 12.

According to AP:

 "I don't know who those people were. I know they're Colombians by their accent," Ramos said. "Three guys grabbed me there in front of my house, they took me to another SUV and from there they took me into the mountains," in central Carabobo state.

He said his abductors spoke little to him. "They simply told me to cooperate, 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," he said. "It was hard for me to think about, if I was going to get out alive first of all ... about how my family, my mother were."

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