A teenage girl who was being driven to a remote area to be killed has been rescued after a motorist in the vehicle behind spotted her hand hanging out of the car boot.
The 19-year-old had already been badly beaten before being bundled into the car boot by her kidnappers in the north-eastern Brazilian city of Fortaleza on January 5.
The young woman’s hand was spotted hanging out of the car boot by the woman driver of another vehicle travelling behind, who followed the car and filmed the unfolding scene.
The driver also alerted the police, and officers stopped the car and arrested the four people inside.
Police said two men, a woman and a 17-year-old, had been taken to a local police station for questioning. They also seized a revolver and ammunition from the vehicle.
According to the police, the teenager in the boot was being taken to a remote area in Fortaleza’s Pici neighbourhood to be executed.
She was found with minor injuries to her back, arms and legs, and said that she had been tortured.
According to the police, the suspects claimed during questioning that they were seeking revenge for the killing of one of the suspects’ cousins, which they claimed the teenager had participated in.
The suspects’ claims have not yet been confirmed.
However, preliminary information suggests the woman was in a relationship with a man suspected of involvement with a criminal gang in Brazil’s north-eastern Ceara state. The names of those involved in the case have not been revealed.
The investigation is ongoing, and officers have praised the actions of the unnamed woman who filmed the vehicle and called the police, allowing them to free the teenager.
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