Venezuela authorities charge 8 in Ramos kidnapping



CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan authorities have formally charged eight suspects in the kidnapping of Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos.

Prosecutors say the charges include kidnapping, illegal possession of firearms, using a stolen vehicle and criminal association.

Those charged include six men accused of directly participating in the abduction, as well as a 59-year-old woman and 74-year-old man who are charged as accomplices for allegedly providing food to the group.

Ramos was seized at gunpoint outside his family’s home in the city of Valencia last week and was rescued by police commandos two days later at a remote hideout in the mountains of Carabobo state.