Mason Castillo, Robert Cruz, Jeremiah Villarreal arrested

From left: Mason Castillo, Robert Cruz, and Jeremiah Villarreal. (Hayes County Jail)

Three men were arrested on suspicion of kidnapping 10 undocumented immigrants on their way from Mexico to Austin, Texas, holding them in a home and ordering them to pay thousands of dollars in ransom for their release, authorities said.

Mason Castillo, 20, Robert Cruz, 20, and Jeremiah Villarreal, 19, were arrested on charges including smuggling of persons, engaging in organized criminal activity, aggravated robbery, and aggravated kidnapping for ransom/reward, the San Marcos Police Department said in a news release.

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