Computer Company Executive Rescued By FBI
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) _ A computer software executive kidnapped at gunpoint four days ago was freed Saturday when a suspect caught with $650,000 in ransom money led authorities to a bungalow hideout, the FBI said.
Charles Geschke, 52, president and chief operating officer of Adobe Systems Inc., had been in the house in Hollister, 60 miles south of San Jose, since he was seized by two men as he arrived for work Tuesday, FBI agents said.
″The two men called him to their car to ask him a question, then at gunpoint took him away and secreted him,″ said FBI agent Richard Held. Geschke was abducted at the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, about 10 miles northwest of San Jose.
Mouhannad Albukhari, 26, of San Jose, and Jack Sayeh, 25, of Campbell, were arrested in connection with the kidnapping, agents said. The charges were not immediately specified. A third person might be involved, Held said.
The FBI, alerted by Adobe executives on Tuesday, monitored four or five phone calls in which Geschke’s kidnappers made ransom arrangements with his wife, Nancy, FBI spokeswoman Barbara Madden said from the bureau’s San Jose office. The kidnapping was not publicly disclosed until Saturday.
Madden said the kidnappers apparently had not mistreated Geschke.
″I don’t think they took him out to any restaurants but they fed him something,″ she said.
Geschke was reunited with his family Saturday. They wouldn’t speak to reporters.
″They had a very heartwarming homecoming party,″ Madden said. The family lives in Los Altos, 20 miles west of San Jose.
Albukhari was arrested early Saturday after he picked up $650,000 in $50 and $100 bills left by Geschke’s daughter at a dropoff point, Madden said. Agents found a weapon hidden near the drop site, she said.
″After a gentlemanly discussion he agreed to do the right thing and to take us to where Mr. Geschke was being held by Mr. Sayeh,″ Held said.
Sayeh tried to flee as FBI agents approached the bungalow, but was arrested about a block away, Madden said.
Adobe, which invented software that prints graphics, text and images, is best known for its PostScript printer and computer language, which Apple Computer Inc. helped popularize with its original Macintosh computer.