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Kidnap Suspect Gives Up in Hostage Drama

August 31, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

A man wanted for kidnapping the daughter of Brazilian TV baron Silvio Santos and killing two police officers broke into the 70-year-old magnate's mansion in Sao Paulo and held him hostage for seven hours before surrendering to police.

Fernando Dutra Pinto gave himself up after negotiations involving his family, a judge and state Gov. Geraldo Alckmin, police said.

Dutra, 22, had been on the run since Tuesday, when he released Santos' 24-year-old daughter, Patricia Abravanel, in exchange for a $200,000 ransom. He and at least three others had kidnapped Abravanel a week earlier.

As police closed in on Dutra late Wednesday, he killed two officers in a shootout before escaping.

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