Police arrest 2 women in alleged kidnapping
MIAMI (WSVN) -- A woman was rescued and her alleged kidnappers arrested after being stopped by security at a South Florida airport.
Melissa Pineiro and Tori Beato are accused of beating, robbing and kidnapping the victim then trying to force the woman to fly from Miami to New York with them.
The TSA released surveillance video of a suspected kidnapping and beating victim being taken through security at Miami International Airport on July 5.
Agents spotted the woman's injuries as she went through the MIA checkpoint last month. "The officers who detected this woman said that, upon closer inspection, it was clear she had visible bruises on her face," said Mark Hatfield Jr. Federal Security Director, TSA Miami. "She had some abrasions. She clearly had some physical contact that resulted in these wounds."
Police arrested the two women after they passed through a security checkpoint. Investigators said the woman was beaten inside a room at a Best Western in North Miami, while she was here on vacation.
The two women have both bonded out of jail on charges that include kidnapping and battery.
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