Norberto Susini, the 29-year-old nephew of former MLB star and current ESPN baseball analyst Alex Rodriguez, was abducted Wednesday night by two men and held against his will.
According to a New York Post report, Susini, who in addition to playing minor league baseball sells high-priced exotic cars, was taken to a Midtown Manhattan hotel Wednesday night and held for ransom by two men when a deal for a $600,000 Lamborghini went awry.
Police say Susini met up with prospective buyers Anthony Gilkes and Lamin Vucetovic in Times Square around 11:15 p.m. Wednesday and the two men drove him to the the Marriott Marquis on Broadway, apparently to close a deal on the car. But things reportedly took a turn when they got there and Vucetovic demanded his $30,000 deposit back. That’s when the men held Susini in the hotel room, according to police.
The two men then called Susini’s business partners and demanded $35,000 and the Lamborghini as ransom for Susini. An NYPD official said the business partners alerted police instead. Vucetovic, 33, and Gilkes, 30, were arrested at 3:50 a.m. Thursday and charged with kidnapping and unlawful imprisonment.
Susini, meanwhile, is said to be a ballplayer who has played in both the minor and the independent leagues.