Retired MLB superstar's nephew kidnapped and held for ransom
Norberto Susini, a baseball free agent and the nephew of retired New York Yankees superstar Alex Rodriguez, was the victim of a kidnapping scheme, per the New York Post.
The kidnapping and ransom saga began Wednesday when Susini was abducted during a Lamborghini sale gone awry.
Susini, 29, unfortunately did not inherit Rodriguez’s extraordinary baseball talents or his uncle’s pharmacists. After signing a minor league deal with the Seattle Mariners in 2010, Susini has spent the last eight years toiling away in various minor leagues.
Susini last played in 2017 for the Águilas Cibaeñas of the Dominican Winter League.
To help supplement his minor league income, Susini reportedly got into the business of selling exotic, high-priced cars.
“High-priced” isn’t an exaggeration either. Susini’s entire ordeal started over a deal for a $600,000 Lamborghini.
Susini reportedly met a pair of potential buyers Wednesday afternoon in New York. Lamin Vucetovic, 33, and Anthony Gilkes, 30, had already put a whopping $30,000 down on the Lamborghini.
The three met at a neutral site before deciding to drive to a different location where they would finalize the deal.
It was then that things started to go wrong.
Vucetovic reportedly got cold feet at the last minute. He allegedly went so far as to demand his $30,000 down payment be reimbursed.
One could assume that Susini wasn’t too keen on the idea of missing out on whatever his cut would’ve been.
That’s when Vucetovic and Gilkes allegedly held Susini in a hotel room against his will.
According to the Post’s police sources, Vucetovic and Gilkes got the brilliant idea to call Susini’s business partners and demand a ransom.
It is unclear if Vucetovic and Gilkes knew about Susini’s very wealthy uncle or how much they were demanding in the ransom.
Either way, Susini’s business partners didn’t capitulate. They instead opted to call the police.
As one might expect from an alleged last-second, harebrained kidnapping scheme concocted spontaneously in the hotel room of a Marriott Marquis, things didn’t work out for Vucetovic and Gilkes.
After the business partners reported the crime, Vucetovic and Gilkes were arrested at the hotel around 11:30 p.m. local time.
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