FBI San Francisco Releases Videos Depicting the Kidnapping of Monica de Leon Barba
The FBI is seeking public tips and offering a reward of up to $40,000 for information leading to Monica’s recovery
FBI San Francisco has released new video surveillance in the case of kidnapped victim Monica de Leon Barba, a United States citizen, who was kidnapped in Tepatitlán, Jalisco, Mexico, while walking home from work with her dog on November 29, 2022. The FBI is also releasing a Spanish-language version of the kidnapping poster.
“The FBI is requesting the public’s assistance in locating Monica and returning her safely to her family. We believe these videos may help generate new public tips to assist in our investigation,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Robert K. Tripp. “The FBI is offering a reward of up to $40,000 for information leading to Monica’s recovery. If you know anything, please come forward to law enforcement.”
Videos of the Kidnapping
The FBI is releasing two videos from Monica’s kidnapping.
Video #1 first depicts Monica walking her dog in the moments before she was kidnapped.
Video #1 then shows the following vehicles used in the commission of the kidnapping:
- Vehicle 1: Volkswagen Jetta, silver
- Vehicle 2: Dodge Charger, gray
- Vehicle 3: Chevrolet Suburban, white
Video #2 depicts the kidnappers and their vehicles during the kidnapping. Monica was confronted by several suspects and forced into a gray Volkswagen Jetta. The suspects then drive away in three different vehicles, including the Jetta. Monica’s dog is shown in the video loose in the street. Her dog was later safely located and recovered by a family member.
This video indicates at least five suspects were involved in the kidnapping:
- Suspect 1: Male in dark clothing
- Suspect 2: Male in white shirt and jeans
- Suspect 3: Male in dark clothing, in backseat of white Suburban
- Suspect 4: Male, dark shirt, believed to be driver of gray Charger
- Suspect 5: (Not shown on video) Presumed driver of the white Suburban
The FBI is releasing these videos to generate more public tips.
Both the English and Spanish versions of the kidnapping poster can be found here: https://www.fbi.gov/wanted/kidnap/monica-de-leon-barba
Anyone with information about the location of Monica de Leon Barba should contact your local FBI office or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate. You can also submit a tip online at tips.fbi.gov, or call the FBI’s toll-free tipline at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324).
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