Colombian police rescue L.A. judge kidnapped on vacation

(AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)
(AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) – Authorities in Colombia say they have safely rescued a Los Angeles-area judge who had been kidnapped almost a week ago while on vacation in the South American nation.

Police say Judge Benny Osorio’s captors had demanded a $33,000 ransom for his release. An elite anti-kidnapping unit using intelligence information rescued the judge Thursday in the popular tourist city of Cartagena. Four suspected kidnappers were arrested and several firearms seized.

Osorio was appointed to the Los Angeles Superior Court in 2008 by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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