Additional arrests made in Ramos case
Five more suspects detained by authorities in Venezuela
Authorities in Venezuela have arrested five additional suspects connected with last week's kidnapping of Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos, CNN reported on Monday afternoon.
The five Colombian citizens join the six others who are being detained in connection with the case, Venezuela's justice ministry said in a statement.
Ramos, Washington's rookie catcher this past season, was rescued on Saturday more than 50 hours after he was abducted from the front yard of his mother's home outside of Valencia, Venezuela.
"I feel so happy and proud of all the supporters and fans with the Nationals, Major League Baseball and Venezuela who [were] praying for me," Ramos told MLB.com from Venezuela after the ordeal. "I don't have the words to describe this experience and what I have been through."
According to CNN, investigators involved with the arrests released few details about the detainments, but were scheduled to release more information about the case at a news conference Monday morning.
Ramos was in his native country to play winter ball with the Aragua Tigers when he was taken before his first game.
"It happened so fast," Ramos said. "We took off in one car and then we changed cars. Then we went to a house in the mountains. I didn't know what was going on. I didn't know what to think. I was very scared."
Ramos said six people were involved in his kidnapping and detention -- an older couple which took care of him (food and water), two people who were in charge of driving him up the mountain where he was held and two others who were the actual kidnappers.
Ramos said after his rescue that he believed some of the people involved were from Colombia because of their accents, and Venezuelan justice minister Tareck El Aissami, who announced the news of the rescue on state television, confirmed that at the time, saying one of the police's first arrests included a Colombian "linked to paramilitary groups and to kidnapping groups."
Ramos was rescued during an air operation in the mountains in the state of Carabobo, roughly 40 miles northwest of where he was abducted.
The 24-year-old finished a distant fourth in the 2011 National League Rookie of the Year Award voting, also announced on Monday.