Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Alejandra Arriaza, Angel Ponce, and Joel Boza Illustrate That Greed Can Overcome Good Parenting And Common Sense
Sorry to the few of you who oppose LEGAL PUB'S SOLUTION TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, but the next story is one which may once again illustrate the greed and desire for control that CAN occur with dissolution of marriage.
At first the headlines read that Alejandra Arriaza, a mother and her teenage son were kidnapped and being held for Ransom. You see, mom takes her 17 year old son to Wal-mart to buy an I-Phone. (See, cell phones are harmful to one's health.) When they return from the store, a masked person armed with a gun is in their backseat. The intruders says they are "kidnapped." Thick tape is placed over the son's eyes and the mom is instructed to drive to a remote "hide away" in South Miami where they are joined by a second kidnapper who introduces himself as "El Negro." The 17 year olds hands and legs are bound and his torso fixed to a chair with shrink wrap. He is placed in a dark closet where he is forced to spend the night. The next day the kidnappers call the boy's father on a cell phone that they were thoughtful enough to place in his car so they could conveniently communicate their ransom demands. The father is told that his son is being harmed by a blowtorch. Mom pleads with her ex to pay the requested ransom. The FBI records the conversations and begins its tracking of the perpetrators. With the FBI's help, the father arranges to pay the kidnapper's ransom demands. But on April 10, 2009, prior to the payment of the ransom, the FBI storms the mobile home where the kidnappers are holding the boy hostage. The boy was able to identify his kidnapper as Angel Ponce, his mom's boy friend. A fake gun and a real blow torch were found in the mobile home.
This is the type of story that would be appropriate for a movie such as TAKEN. But the plot is a bit too unimaginative and apparently one orchestrated by the mother to extort money from her ex-husband. (In some states this would not even be a crime. It would be called alimony. SEE VIDEO LINK.)
In the above linked video, you hear a woman with a similar motive, extracting money from their spouse or former spouse. Fortunately in this Florida case, The mother, Alejandra Arriaza, her boyfriend, Angel Ponce, and his nephew, Joel Boza, have all been charged with federal kidnapping counts. If found guilty, they could spend the rest of their lives in prison. This is just a small victory in the long battle for justice in the marriage strike circle. As a mitigating factor, the three suspects apparently admitted to the FBI their respective roles in the extortion plot.
According to Scott Wilson's FBI affidavit, the plot was Arriaza's idea which started when she discovered that her ex-husband had recently come into some money from the sale of a business. The father, referred to as "H.P." and to his 17-year-old son referred to as "N.P." in the affidavit were true victims of this crime.
The son had no involvement in planning this caper. And good old mom, probably didn't mean to harm her son, but as the FBI so aptly summarized, in the end, "the basic motive of greed" prevailed. Alejandra Arriaza should have used commons sense. Instead of trying to exhort her ex husbands money, she should have earned her own the old fashion way... sell her idea to Hollywood.