PHILADELPHIA – Eight individuals were charged in an indictment unsealed today with one count each of conspiracy to commit kidnapping. Seven of those individuals were also charged with the actual kidnapping, and five of the individuals were charged with firearms offenses. The charges stem from an investigation into the kidnapping and murder of a business owner from North Philadelphia in June 2018, whose body was later found in Cecil County, Maryland. The victim, Luis Alejandro Chueder Ramon, owned a bar and was a landlord.
The indictment alleges that on June 19, 2018, the victim was kidnapped in a home in Philadelphia by seven of the defendants. During the kidnapping, the victim was restrained through the use of duct tape, hand cuffs, and zip ties. He was transported to Chester County, Pennsylvania in the course of the kidnapping, and ransom calls demanding hundreds of thousands of dollars were made to the victim’s wife, and to an associate of the victim.
His wife reportedly the paid ransom but the victim was not returned.
“As alleged in the indictment, these ruthless individuals are a serious threat to the safety of our neighborhoods – not just in Philadelphia, but the entire mid-Atlantic region and beyond,” said U.S. Attorney William McSwain. “This indictment reflects our Office’s steadfast commitment to rid the streets of people who resort to intimidation and extreme violence to try to get what they want. This case is also an excellent example of why prosecuting violent crime is a priority for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the entire Department of Justice. I want to thank our law enforcement partners in Pennsylvania and Maryland for their hard work investigating this heinous crime.”
“Anyone willing to abduct another human being and try to trade their life for money is a danger to society,” said Michael T. Harpster, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Philadelphia Division. “Just imagine the terror of being kidnapped, restrained, and at the total mercy of armed criminals. The FBI will never stop working to make our communities safer from violent thugs who care nothing for the lives of others.”
Those charged with conspiracy to commit kidnapping are: Ivan Rangel Prieto, 34, of Asheboro, North Carolina; Jose Castillo, 44, of Albuquerque, New Mexico; Jose Bernal, 30, of Newark, Delaware; Jose Delgado, 40, of Warminster, Pennsylvania; Salvador Sanchez Guerrero, 47, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Robert Favors, 39, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; John Perkins, 31, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Fermín Perez Mejia, 35, of Norristown, Pennsylvania.
Those charged with kidnapping are: Rangel Prieto, Castillo, Bernal, Delgado, Sanchez Guerrero, Favors, and Perkins. Those charged with using a firearm in connection with a crime of violence are: Rangel Prieto, Castillo, Bernal, Delgado, and Sanchez Guerrero.