A bank manager's wife and two children were kidnaped Thursday and released unharmed after a $100,000 ransom was paid.
The kidnapers escaped with the ransom.
"From the beginning I didn't know what they would do to me," Villeda Solomon said. "I began to cry. I had visions of them hurting me, disabling me in some way."
Mayor Fred Stewart said the incident began at 9 a.m. when two men entered the back door of the Solomons' home in Snowflake, a community of 4,000 in east-central Arizona.
The men, armed with two rifles, put a hood over Mrs. Solomon's head and held her and two children, 9-month-old Shauna and 4-year-old Melanie, at gunpoint. A third child was at school.
While one man kept an eye on the family, the other called Elbert Solomon at the Great Western Savings Bank.
Solomon said the caller threatened to kill his wife and children unless $100,000 was placed in an abandoned car in the area of White Mountain Lake.
He delivered the money as instructed and the family was found safe in another car about 10:30 a.m.
John Hinchcliffe, FBI agent in charge in Phoenix, said the case was being probed as extortion of a business involving interstate commerce.