You are reading

Two of the kidnappers who held man in Sunnyside torture chamber for a month get 13 1/2 years

38-09 43rd Avenue

Feb. 2, 2017 By Christian Murray

Two men have been sentenced to 13 ½ years in prison for abducting a Woodside resident and holding him hostage in a Sunnyside/LIC warehouse for more than a month in 2013.

District Attorney Richard Brown announced today that Christian Acuna, 38, of Corona, and Dennis Alves, 36, from East Elmhurst, both pleaded guilty to first degree kidnapping. They, along with Eduardo Moncayo, who was sentence to 25 years to life, kidnapped the victim and demanded his mother in Ecuador pay a $3 million ransom.

“This was a horrifying ordeal for the victim, who was forcibly abducted from the streets of Queens County and held against his will in a vacant warehouse for 32 days,” Brown said in a statement. “Throughout those terrifying days, the victim’s fingers were burned with acid and had a tooth knocked out. Even after being rescued, the victim was deeply traumatized by this experience. Under the circumstances, the sentence imposed by the Court was more than warranted.”

According to testimony from the trial, the victim, 52-year-old Pedro Portugal, was approached outside of 88-06 Roosevelt Avenue on April 18, 2013 and Moncayo called out to him by name.

Moncayo then displayed what appeared to be a police badge, and then along with Alves and Acuna grabbed him and forced him in to a nearby SUV.

Once inside the vehicle, Moncayo allegedly punched Portugal in the face and body and put a mask over his face so he could not see anything.

The victim was then driven to a warehouse at 38-09 43rd Avenue and was tied to a chair and beaten. He was then instructed to call his mother in Ecuador and request $3 million in ransom.

Brown said that the victim was held hostage from April 18 until May 20 in 2013, and during that time his hand was burned with acid, and the kidnappers threatened to cut off his fingers and kill him. Portugal also had his tooth knocked out from a punch and suffered bruising, swelling and pain.

Portugal was rescued by the NYPD Major Case Squad on May 20, 2013, when they entered the building and found his hands bound with cloth and duct tape.

email the author: [email protected]


Click for Comments 
My Heartless Neighbors

Such a flippant way of wishing harm on someone because you disagree with them. You’d like mac kidnapped, his “fingers…burned with acid and…a tooth knocked out.” And you’d like his family terrorized by a phone call demanding money. Anything else?

My Heartless Neighbors Indeed

So 16 more people would like to see mac suffer such a fate? You agree with Anonymous? What’s your reasoning?


The victims family is worth that much and hes hanging out on Roosevelt and 88 ?? He must have been involved with something bad. Im sorry only crap hangs out there.


-Me NYPD does not “put people away” the DA’s office does the prosecuting and judges pass down sentence. Why would anyone take a plea deal if the case against was weak? Sounds like the case against was solid..


When were they caught? or did it take NYPD 4 years to put them away? Unbelievable. What’s worse is, it sounds like they didn’t even have a strong case, the thugs plead guilty.


Thank God those people have been put away. They deserve more if you ask me. That man will never be the same again.


Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

Popular places where you can watch the Super Bowl in Queens

Feb. 2, 2023 By Tammy Scileppi

Hey, football fans! Game time is fast approaching, and across the city and here in Queens, you can feel the excitement brewing as the two teams prepare to take the field on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 12. So, kick back and watch the big game, and don’t miss Rihanna’s exciting performance during halftime. 

Borough president hears from community members on budget needs throughout Queens

During a two-day public hearing on the mayor’s 2024 preliminary budget, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. listened to testimonies from 14 community board representatives, community stakeholders and members of the public on where the money should be spent in Queens. 

The public hearings were held both in-person and via Zoom on Monday, Jan. 30, and Tuesday, Jan. 31, at Queens Borough Hall. The testimonials will be used to develop the Queens Borough Board’s FY24 preliminary budget priorities in the coming weeks. 

‘He didn’t deserve to die’: Borough President Richards leads emotional candlelight vigil for Tyre Nichols

Queens Borough President Donovan Richards held a candlelight vigil for Tyre Nichols outside Queens Borough Hall Monday, Jan. 30 after Nichols’ death at the hands of police officers in Memphis, Tenn., made national headlines for the brutality in which the officers beat him.

Almost immediately after news broke about Nichols’ death, the Memphis police officers who beat him to death were fired and charged with murder. The police department released the body cam footage of the fatal beating on Jan. 27, but many people, including some at the vigil, have refused to watch it due to its extremely graphic nature.

Op-Ed: This Year’s State Budget Must Prioritize Climate, Jobs, and Justice for New York

Op-Ed, Jan. 30, By Assemblymember Jessica González-Rojas

In a time of rampant economic inequality and environmental injustice, it is easy to feel defeated.  Here in Queens and across New York State, however, communities are organizing for a better future. New Yorkers from different backgrounds and with different lived experiences are proving that we can build community, organize, and create a future that reflects our shared values.

LaGuardia Community College receives federal funding to expand vocational training for the unemployed

Jan. 27, 2023 By Bill Parry

LaGuardia Community College recently received more than $400,000 in federal funding to enhance and expand vocational training for underemployed New Yorkers in a city that is still working to recover from COVID-19 pandemic-induced job loss. The support was secured by U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez and former Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney.