Published author kidnaps nine at supermarket

24th November 2005, Comments 0 comments

24 November 2005, BARCELONA — The man who allegedly took nine people hostage in a supermarket is a prison escapee and the author of a book.

24 November 2005

BARCELONA — The man who allegedly took nine people hostage in a supermarket is a prison escapee and the author of a book.

Police arrested the man - whom they identified as Juan Diego Redondo Puerta, known as 'Bad Dieguito' - after a two-hour standoff at the Barcelona supermarket.

The hostage-taker has written a book titled 'The escape of the 45' and did not return to prison after receiving a brief furlough from a judge in August, officials at the justice department of the autonomous region of Catalonia told EFE.

The same officials said that Redondo Puerta had been on several television programmes to talk about his book and had announced that he would not return to jail if prison authorities did not give him guarantees concerning the care of his son.

This year, Redondo Puerta has been presenting his book in different Spanish cities. In it, he tells of his participation in a spectacular escape through a drainpipe from Barcelona's Modelo prison in the 1980s

Police said that they seized from the man a handgun that could be fake and that, during his raid on the supermarket he had taken nine people hostage - eight women and one man - all of them store employees.

Nobody was injured in the mass kidnapping, which started about 9pm at a Caprabo supermarket and ended about two hours later with Redondo Puerta's arrest.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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