The Tiger's website has more:
"09/02/2004 2:03 PM ET
Urbina's mother kidnapped
CARACAS, Venezuela -- Four unidentified men disguised as police officers kidnapped the mother of Detroit Tigers pitcher Ugueth Urbina in his native Venezuela, police said Thursday.
The men took Maura Villareal from a house owned by Urbina in a Caracas suburb on Wednesday, said Joel Rengifo, the director of the country's anti-kidnapping police force. The men have not contacted family members, he said.
The Tigers, in a statement released Thursday, said: "Ugueth Urbina has left the club to return to his native Venezuela to attend to the kidnapping of his mother. The Detroit Tigers organization is working with Major League Baseball and its contacts in Venezuela to assist Ugueth."
This is the second time this time Urbina or his family has come into danger in Venezuela. He was arrested in January for allegedly firing gunshots into the air out of the passenger window of an SUV in an upscale Caracas neighborhood. After an investigation, however, a judge ruled that he fired the gun in self-defense when a man on a motorcycle tried to rob him. The charges were subsequently dismissed.
Other players, including members of the Tigers, have had problems in Venezuela. Second baseman Omar Infante's older brother was shot to death on New Year's Eve in 1999 after he refused to give three men money they demanded from him at a bakery. Infante's life was later threatened, and he eventually moved his family out of the area for their safety. He still returns to Venezuela each offseason for Winter League baseball.
MLB.com reporter Jason Beck contributed to this report. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs."
This is just terrible. I can't image what he's going through right now. I really hope that this comes to a quick resolution.