HOUSTON, TEXAS–Five individuals stand accused of armed conspiracy to detain and threaten foreign nationals–including women and children–for the purpose of forcing third parties to make ransom payments, as previously reported by Breitbart Texas. A criminal complaint obtained by Breitbart Texas lists Jose Aviles-Villa, Jonathan Solorzano-Tavila, Antonio Barruquet-Hildiberta, Jose Cesmas-Borja, and Eugenio Sesmas-Borja as defendants in the nationally-reported human trafficking case before U.S. Magistrate Judge Frances H. Stacey.
Jose Aviles-Villa and Jose Cesmas-Borja admitted to being Mexican nationals illegally in the United States, according to the filed complaint.
The complaint was filed after 115 individuals were found locked in an alleged human “stash house” outside of Houston on Almeda School Road according to federal court documents filed on March 24.
The criminal complaint alleges the five defendants “detained and threatened” the hostages–who are thought to be illegal immigrants–to extort money.
On March 19, police received a phone call from the mother of Anna Jasmin Hernandez. Houston Police Department (HPD) spokesperson John Cannon told Breitbart Texas the woman’s family members “were told to go to a location in North Houston and exchange ransom money to pick up the woman and her two kids. When the suspect did not show up, the family became concerned and contacted the HPD.”
According to the criminal complaint, the mother initially paid smugglers $15,000 to have her daughter and grandchildren transported to Chicago, Illinois. She subsequently received a call from individuals in Houston who told her to pay an additional $13,000 or else her family would “disappear,” according to the court record.