Updated: 11/12/11 8:40 a.m.
Washington Nationals GM Mike Rizzo released an additional statement:
“I am happy to announce that I have spoken directly with Wilson and he assures me he is unharmed but eager to be reunited with his family. He asked me to thank all who played a role in his rescue, and all those who kept him and his family in their thoughts and prayers. I join Wilson in thanking the many law enforcement officials in Venezuela and investigators with Major League Baseball who worked tirelessly to ensure a positive ending to what has been a frightening ordeal. The only detail that concerns us tonight is that Wilson is safe. The entire Washington Nationals family is thankful that Wilson Ramos is coming home.”
Updated: 11/12/11 6:10 a.m.
Photos and quotes from grass roots candlelight vigil at Nationals Park by Nats fans prior to the rescue of Wilson Ramos.
Updated: 11/12/11 3:39 a.m.
Upon hearing that her son was safe, Maria Compos said, “Thank you and thank everyone, thanks to God, thanks to God, thanks to the whole country. I just heard everyone yell.”
Nationals teammate and fellow Venezuelan Jesus Flores tweeted, “Gracias Dios; usted es grande y misericordioso. Mi compañero y amigo Wilson Ramos a sido liberado. Muy Feliz por esta noticia.” [Rough English translation: “Thank God you are great and merciful. My colleague and friend Wilson Ramos has been released. Very happy about this news.”]
Globovision reported from the post-rescue scene and has been [roughly] translated below.
The newly released Wilson Ramos baseball was escorted to the headquarters of Valencia by members Cicpc Extortion and KidnappingGroup. The recipient of Aragua Tigers are found at the site with the Minister of Interior and Justice, Tarek El Aissami, and members of his family. Ramos said that during the kidnapping asked God to get out aliveand be with their loved ones.
“Do not hurt me physically but psychologically it was a very large damage I received,” said Ramos. He described the site where he was held was very dark and retained section, and compared it to a jungle.
He thanked the National Guard and the PTJ (referring to Cicpc). “Godbless you all,” he said.
The Aissami said the rescue operation was at all times conducted by the office of the Ministry of Interior and Justice.
“We want to express to him and to all Venezuelans, our joy and our joy of rescuing him unharmed,” said the minister. “We met,” he said.
He reported that this Saturday will be a press conference to explain everything that was working to resolve the case.
“We responded with the greatest responsibility we face before the country, and here are the results: we have Wilson back,” he said.
There are 5 people arrested for the kidnapping of Wilson Ramos. During the operation there was an exchange of gunfire.
Video from Globovision of press conference with Wilson Ramos speaking.
Updated: 11/12/11 at 12:45 a.m.
This is much happier photo of Wilson Ramos after rescue. Nice to see his smile.
Updated: 11/12/11 at 12:07 a.m. It sounds like Wilson Ramos has to go through a physical before returning home so he has not seen his family in person yet, but has spoken to them on the phone. Looking forward to be able to say that he is truly “safe at home.” Updated 11:37 p.m. Photoof Wilson Ramos safe return to home (tweeted by Kathe Vilera).
Updated: 11/11/11 at 11:30 p.m.Washington Nationals GM Mike Rizzo issued a statement about the rescue of Wilson Ramos.
“The news from Venezuela tonight is reassuring. Though details are limited and we have not yet talked directly with Wilson, we are thrilled with reports that he has been rescued and is being safely returned to his family. We greatly appreciate all the prayers and thoughts of all who have joined us in wishing for this conclusion to what has been a nightmarish 48 hours. We are eager to see Wilson and let him know just how many all over the world have been waiting for this news.”
Updated: 11/11/11 at 10:53 p.m. We’ve learned that Wilson Ramos has spoken with family members on the phone. Being strong for his family he said, “Calm down, I’m going home.” Rafael Rojas explainsthat it can be called a rescue operation. Internal affairs minister said there are 3 detainees.
According to reports on Twitter, Internal Affairs Minister called the Ramos family and told them they got Wilson Ramos and he was safe.
“VZ Information Minister tweets Ramos has been found safely by authorities at mountains at Carabobo state.”
“The news was spread on PA systems at VZ league. You can imagine the cheers this announcement got.”
“Internal affairs Minister said they are about to bring Wilson to his home. That will be quite a scene.”
Absolutely fantastic news. The vigil held by fans at Nationals Park earlier tonight was a wonderful get together. Stories and photos will be posted soon.
If you feel like dancing for joy, here is one of Wilson’s batting songs.
If you need to be brought up to speed on the handicapped situation, we previously wrote about it.