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Businessman tortured, held for ransom for month in Queens warehouse; 3 flee to Ecuador

New York police say three accomplices to a brutal monthlong kidnapping of a businessman have fled to Ecuador.

Police said Thursday that detectives were also looking for a man in New York City. He was seen on surveillance footage at a bank trying to get cash from the victim's account.

Pedro Portugal was snatched off the street in broad daylight last month. Authorities say he was held captive by brutal kidnappers who burned him with acid.

They also threatened to slice off his fingertips if his family didn't come up with $3 million in ransom. He is originally from Ecuador.

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown says three men have been held without bail. Their lawyers didn't respond to requests for comment.

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