Federal Bureau of Investigation agent fatally shoots kidnapping victim during rescue attempt

Posted January 27, 2018

In a twist revealed late Thursday, court documents show the Conroe kidnapping victim, who was killed during an Federal Bureau of Investigation raid, was related to the wife of one of the suspects.

"FBI was conducting an operation at a home in the 7300 block of Elbert Street in Northeast Houston".

They have seen and observed that a man - later identified as Ulises Villadares - and his 12-year-old boy had been detained at gunpoint by two men.

Police in Conroe, about 40 miles north of Houston, confirmed the man had been kidnapped and held for ransom.

The man's brother reportedly told police he received a call later that day from a man who said he was with "the cartel" and he wanted $20,000 in ransom money or his brother would be killed. Eventually, they took Villadares with them and left the son tied up, ordering him not to go to the police.

The boy freed himself and ran for help.

That neighbor called the boy's uncle who went to meet with police to discuss the situation.

Police told the Chronicle that a woman in the home was arrested and charged with aggravated kidnapping.

Nicholas Chase Cunningham, 42, and Jimmy Tony Sanchez, 38, were arrested Wednesday night and were charged with aggravated kidnapping and aggravated robbery. Other people, including children, also were at the home, according to authorities. "The lights weren't on, so I don't know how they were living", Monique McKnight, a neighbor, said.

Valladares was not at the hotel, but agents on surveillance of the location found two suspects matching a description given by the son.

Valladares was still bound with duct tape, according to a court affidavit. Garza said the agent who fired the fatal shot is on administrative leave pending an investigation.

"The system failed. Whether it was accidental or not, the man is not going home to his family", Conroe Police Chief Philip Dupuis told the Associated Press. The suspects still might face murder charges. The FBI said two children were inside the home when the man was killed. As with any agent-involved shooting, the Shooting Incident Review Team will investigate the matter.

"Even though it appears one possibility is friendly fire, the kidnappers put this into play, so they're ultimately responsible for the outcome", Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon said, according to Fox 26.