Prison where Josh Holt is being held captive reportedly under attack

Ceria Alfonso
May 17, 2018

In 2016 Holt traveled to Venezuela to marry Thamara Candela. A few days after the wedding, he and his wife were arrested and Venezuelan authorities claimed they found assault weapons in their apartment.

There was no official information on the incident, but videos from prisoners and comments by family members and activists suggested it had been precipitated by the beating of a young activist, Gregory Sanabria, from the state of Tachira.

Josh Holt, 26, made multiple post on his Facebook, including two videos, claiming that the prison "has fallen" to unidentified people that are trying to kill him. See below for the full statement from Love. I am extremely concerned about this situation, but have been assured that Josh is safe at this time. Immediately upon hearing what happened, I responded to his heartbreaking pleas for help with a personal phone call to Secr...

"It is time for the State Department to quickly produce a plan of action in order to resolve this situation once and for all. Josh and his family have suffered far too long", Love said. Updates will be posted as they become available.

Extra troops from the National Guard and Police are taking positions and maneuvering tactical vehicles outside the “El Helicoide” prison for political cases in Western Caracas Wednesday, as a riot is reportedly taking place inside. Joshua Holt and other American citizens are in danger. It said: "Venezuela's government is directly responsible for their safety and we will hold them responsible if anything happens to them".

Prison where Josh Holt is being held captive reportedly under attack
Prison where Josh Holt is being held captive reportedly under attack

"I need help. So they've taken the entire prison where I'm at".

A Utah man imprisoned in Venezuela is pleading for People' assist getting out of a Caracas jail the place he has been held for 2 years with out trial. They are outside. They are trying to break in.

In a prior Facebook post on Holt's profile Wednesday, Holt appears to make a plea for US officials to secure his release, saying he just wants to go home and be with his family.

In the second video, Holt continues by "calling on the people of America" to get him out. I have been begging my government for two years. "They say that they are doing things, but I'm still here and now my life is threatened". "And now my life is threatened", Holt said. "We need help from the people of Venezuela and also the people of the United States". They want to kill me and paint the walls with my blood. "I am not a political pawn I am a human being a child of God and I just want to live happy with my wife and children".

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