CANCUN, MEXICO – Armed men in Cancun stormed into a local eatery and abducted six individuals in broad daylight. While police were able to rescue those who were kidnapped some time later, the disturbing moments the armed men raided the restaurant was caught on video.
The kidnapping transpired on March 26th some time in the afternoon. Surveillance video shows the men rushing inside of a Buzos restaurant and filing people out by gunpoint.
ASI FUE EL SECUESTRO
Momento en que el comando armado ingresa al restaurant "Buzos" en la zona turística de Cancun para levantar a 6 personas lo que derivó de un tiroteo para su rescate durante la noche (cámara de seguridad) @IldefonsoOrtiz pic.twitter.com/nmp285etqr
— Unidad De Inteligencia Ciudadana (@UnidadDeInteli1) March 27, 2020
The video was posted to Twitter with the following caption (translated from Spanish):
“Kidnapping in action. The moment when the armed-outfit enters the restaurant ‘Buzos’ in the tourist area of Cancun to abduct 6 people, which resulted in a shootout later that night to rescue them (security camera footage)”
The identities of those who were kidnapped were never released. The evening of the kidnapping, Alberto Capella from the state police had warned people to avoid the area where the incident took place.
Tenemos un fuerte enfrentamiento con presuntos delincuentes en la SM 69 en Benito Juárez. Tome sus precauciones y evite el área. POR FAVOR!!!
— Alberto Capella (@kpya) March 27, 2020
(Translated from Spanish):
“We have a fierce confrontation ongoing with suspected criminals on SM 69 in Benito Juárez. PLEASE!!! Take precaution and avoid the area.”
During the rescue operation, police killed one of the gunmen, shot another, and arrested the other three involved. One of the police commanders involved was injured by a bullet fragment reportedly. All six victims were recovered by police.
Cancun hasn’t been safe for quite some time.
In fact, Law Enforcement Today reported last December about how the city was among many listed by the State Department to avoid travel to. Here’s out December 2019 report on that.
If you ever venture through Facebook and other social media outlets, you’ll hear about how Mexico just gets an undue bad rap and that it’s perfectly safe to visit.
Well, not according to the latest announcement via the U.S. State Department.
An updated Mexico Danger Map warned both potential tourists and government officials about the lurking dangers present within a myriad of the states and cities within the country.
The warning heeded the increased occurrences of murders, kidnappings, and overall violent robberies in the latest report.
The U.S. State Department released the strong warning this week, advising Americans not to travel to some Mexican states where there is a risk of violent crime. The report didn’t mince it’s warning with kind words, with portions stating:
“Exercise increased caution in Mexico due to crime and kidnapping. Some areas have increased risk”… as well as noting that “homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery – is widespread.”
The map shows that Colima, Guerrero, Michoacán, Sinaloa, and Tamaulipas are states that travelers should avoid, while the travel warning placed new measures on U.S. officials. Excerpts like:
“Do not travel [to Colima],” along with “In Manzanillo, US government employees are limited to the tourist and port areas.”
Within the chilling advisory it warned, if calamity strikes, that help may not be available as the government “has limited ability to provide emergency services to US citizens in many areas of Mexico.”
In the unfriendly Guerrero state, armed outfits don’t answer to the government, where they implement frightening roadblocks and use violence towards American citizens visiting the area.
Criminal factions are also prowling within Sinaloa state, where violent crime is ordinary; which the same could be said about areas like Tamaulipas, where crime is rampant and dangerous.
Sexual assault, murder, armed robbery, carjacking, gun battles, kidnappings, disappearances, and extortion are all frequent and ongoing problems within the region. There are even government officials at risk, which is why they are now prohibited from commuting after dark across towns and are unable to hail street taxis.
According to the advisory, only “app-based services like Uber” or regulated taxi stands are the only approved ways to commute throughout the areas. Tourists were advised to “reconsider travel” in 11 ‘Level 3′ states, which included Chihuahua, Mexico, San Luis Potosi, Sonora and Zacatecas.
However, countrywide, travelers are advised to “exercise increased caution”, even at common destinatoins like Los Cabos, Cancun and Cozumel.
Even one of the most popular tourist spots that residents of southern California visit often was listed as a Level 2 zone, Baja California.
The state is home to Tijuana, where college aged people of California go to engage in nightlife tourist attractions and nightclubs. According to the report, it stated that:
“Criminal activity and violence occur throughout the state. Particularly notable is the number of homicides in non-tourist areas of Tijuana. Most homicides appeared to be targeted; however, criminal organization assassinations and turf battles can result in bystanders being injured or killed.”
Although Mexico City is listed as a ‘Level 2’, it’s surrounded by ‘Level 3 states,’ where violent crime is more likely to occur, the report states.
The department urged people to keep their travel companions and family at home informed. The full U.S. State Department travel advisory is available on their website.
Some of the other tips provided to people insisting on traveling to the areas outlined as being ones that should be reconsidered for travel included insights like:
“Keep your traveling companions and family back home informed of your travel plans. If separating from your travel group, send a friend your GPS location. If taking a taxi alone, take a photo of the taxi number and/or license plate and text to a friend.”
There were also warnings pertaining to avoiding nightlife styled destinations and venturing to areas where one would attain funds to embark upon them as well, saying:
“Exercise increased caution when visiting local bars, nightclubs, and casinos. Do not display signs of wealth, such as wearing expensive watches or jewelry. Be extra vigilant when visiting banks or ATMs.”
Well, so much for November, 2019’s Business Insider’s article claiming that “Mexico is still safe to visit”.