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Police Seek Four More Suspects In Connection With Queens Man's Abduction

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With three men already in custody, police are now looking to catch four others in connection with the kidnapping of a Queens man.

Investigators say one of the alleged suspects was seen on surveillance video trying to get cash from 52-year-old Pedro Portugal's account.

Authorities say three other accomplices in the abduction fled to Ecuador, and members of the New York City Police Department have been sent there to look for them.

According to the Queens District Attorney, Portugal was grabbed outside a bakery in Jackson Heights on April 18 and forced into an SUV by a man waving a police badge.

Prosecutors say he was driven to a Long Island City warehouse, where he was held for 32 days.

They say that Portugal was tortured by his captors and forced to call relatives in Ecuador to ask for a $3 million ransom.

Detectives tracked Portugal down Monday after monitoring phone calls and tracking pizza deliveries to the area around the warehouse.

Queens DA Richard Brown said it's not clear why Portugal was targeted.

"He's obviously traumatized, and he'll certainly remember this incident for the rest of his life," Brown said. "It's unique. It just doesn't happen very frequently."

Portugal has been hospitalized for his injuries.

Three other men, Christian Acuna, Dennis Alves, and Eduardo Moncayo, are all charged with kidnapping and unlawful imprisonment.

They are being held without bail.

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