NYC CPA Kidnapped, Burned and Beaten; Three Arrested

A New York City CPA was found May 20 after being held captive, burned with acid, beaten and threatened with death, for more than a month while his kidnappers held him for ransom, the Associated Press reported.

Pedro Portugal, 52, a father of six with a small accounting firm, was snatched on April 18 by three captors, who forced him into a sports utility vehicle and taken to a warehouse. He spent the better part of the month with his head cloaked. His mother in Quito, Ecuador, got a call from a man who demanded a $3 million ransom, police said, but the family had nowhere near enough cash to meet the demands. Portugal was found after police saw light in a warehouse that is usually dark.

Three men were arrested and charged with kidnapping and unlawful imprisonment.