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By The Associated Press
Thursday, May 23, 2013, 8:03 p.m.

NEW YORK — A businessman was snatched from a New York City street in broad daylight, then held captive for more than a month in a warehouse where he was bound and burned with acid as he was held for a $3 million ransom his family back in Ecuador did not have, authorities said.

Pedro Portugal, 52, was found this week by detectives who had been monitoring calls, noticed pizza deliveries to a deserted area in Queens and zeroed in on the warehouse, police said. Three men were arrested and charged with kidnapping and unlawful imprisonment. One is still believed to be at large in the United States, and three fled to Ecuador, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said on Thursday.

Portugal, a father of six who owned a small accounting and tax firm in Queens, was burned with acid and spent the better part of a month with his head cloaked, authorities said. He remained hospitalized

Police said he was approached by three captors on April 18. He was forced into an SUV at knifepoint. His mother in Quito, Ecuador, got a call from a man calling himself “Tito” and demanding a $3 million ransom, police said.

Kelly said the family had some property — but nowhere near enough cash to come up with the ransom.

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