A welcome sign is seen on a road leading from Nogales, Ariz., into the Mexican state of Sonora in this 2014 photo. Pope Francis has erected the new Diocese of Nogales in Mexico, the Vatican announced March 19. (CNS/Nancy Wiechec) See NEWDIOCESE-NOGALES March 23, 2015.

Kidnapped Arizona Couple Rescued In Mexico

An Tucson couple has been rescued by investigators after being kidnapped while in Nogales, Sonora and held for ransom in Mexico

News outlets reported that the Tucson couple was rescued by members of the Sonora Attorney General’s Office investigative branch in Nogales, Mexico, and were returned to the U.S. Saturday.  Authorities say the couple, who were not named, are aged 38 and 40, were kidnapped April 24.

Family members reported the kidnappers asked for a $15,000 ransom to secure their release.

The U.S. embassy in Mexico City alerted the Sonora attorney general’s office, which located the couple in a house about six miles from the Arizona-Mexico border. Several armed men were guarding them.

Mexican authorities have arrested two men on kidnapping charges, 22-year-old Luis Alberto and 17-year-old Jesús Esteban.