Criminals Kidnapped Americans in Mexico

U.S. citizens Donald Chapman and Colby William, who were hunting at Rancho La Rosita, were kidnapped by alleged criminals fleeing federal forces, Efe was informed by friends accompanying them.

Criminals Kidnapped Americans in Mexico. Photo: archive file
Criminals Kidnapped Americans in Mexico. Photo: archive file

Chapman, 60, and his nephew, over 30, disappeared yesterday at the hunting ranch located between the municipalities of Guerrero and Hidalgo, in Coahuila. Chapman and William arrived at the ranch last Friday with two more U.S. citizens to hunt white-tailed deer.

One of their friends, who accompanied them, reported that they had lost contact with Donald and Colby since Saturday morning.

"We communicate with mobile phones, but people from the Cartel answer," said the U.S. citizen whose name is omitted for his safety.

He added that the criminals also took two vehicles, vans, owned by U.S. citizens.

The violence in the northern part of the state began around noon on Saturday, when a caravan of at least 20 vehicles filled with armed men arrived on neighboring roads to Villa Unión, a small town about 60 kilometers south of the U.S. border.

The Government of Coahuila specified that some of the vehicles were armored in a handcrafted way and two vans had Barret rifles caliber 50 millimeters.

As of Sunday morning, at least 21 people, 17 alleged delinquents, and four agents had been killed after a confrontation between security forces agents and alleged members of the Northeast Cartel (CDN) in the municipality of Coahuila state.

By EFE

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US INCLUDES MEXICO IN COUNTRIES WITH A RISK OF KIDNAPPING

The US Department of State added a new label on its travel advisory website that includes "kidnapping and hostage-taking" as a potential danger in several countries, including Mexico.

The label, added on Tuesday to 35 countries, joins the existing ones that contemplate crime, terrorism, civil unrest, natural disasters, health hazards, among others.

The State Department urges Americans not to travel in Mexico to the states of Colima, Guerrero, Michoacán, Sinaloa, and Tamaulipas under any circumstances. It warns that some areas are at greater risk and that violent crimes, such as homicide, kidnapping, car theft, and theft, are widespread.

The United States government has a limited capacity to provide emergency services to US citizens in many areas of Mexico since travel by US government employees to these areas is prohibited or significantly restricted. In case of traveling to Mexico, you should use the toll roads as much as possible and avoid driving alone or at night.

According to the official statement, in many states, police presence and emergency services are extremely limited outside the state capital or major cities. It suggested taking care when visiting bars, nightclubs, and local casinos and asked for jewelry or expensive watches. Be very attentive when going to banks or ATMs.

It also suggests that US citizens sign up for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive alerts and facilitate location in an emergency. US citizens who travel abroad must always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Check the traveler's checklist.

"Be very careful when visiting bars, nightclubs and local casinos; Do not show signs of wealth, such as wearing expensive watches or jewelry. Be very attentive when visiting banks or ATMs, and enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive alerts and facilitate location in an emergency. Follow the State Department on Facebook and Twitter. Review the Crime and Security reports for Mexico."

In addition to Mexico, Uganda is included, a country in which the American citizen Kimberly Sue Endicott was recently kidnapped, for which a reward of 500 thousand dollars was demanded.

The woman has already been released, but President Donald Trump demanded that those responsible be prosecuted.

Venezuela was also described as a nation at risk of kidnapping. The South American country has a tense relationship with the United States, which recognizes Juan Guaidó as interim president and seeks the dismissal of Nicolás Maduro.

WHAT IS AN EXPRESS KIDNAPPING AND HOW TO ACT IF YOU SUFFER ONE

During the last years, the 'express kidnappings' have increased in Mexico, however, not everyone knows what this term refers to and how to act if you are the victim of one.

Express kidnapping is the retention of a person against their will for the shortest possible time to obtain the gain in exchange for their freedom, either by withdrawing their accounts from ATMs or by asking their family members for a ransom.

In this type of crime, there is no strategy to keep the victim captive for more than 48 hours because the captors do not plan the crime in advance and only go out in search of a victim.

According to figures from the Autonomous University of Mexico, 5 people are abducted per day.

How to act in the face of an express kidnapping

Be calm

The first thing you should do is stay calm. These criminals seek to get money without complications in the shortest possible time.

Negotiation

Seek to negotiate with the captors in a calm way to seek an agreement, although not being too accessible to their requests.

Take care of the data

We must take care of the information that is given to the captors, avoiding talking about goods and properties. Not being a planned kidnapping they do not know much about the economic situation of the people they kidnap.

Avoid looking at the captors in the eyes

This could put your life at risk. Better choose to keep your eyes down during a conversation.

The contact telephone

If you are asked for a family member's contact number, it is better to give a local number. This way the communication will be easier and you do not risk the privacy of someone else.

Remember the details

During your conversations with the kidnappers pay attention to details and information about them. This will facilitate their subsequent capture.

Speed

Look for the negotiation to end as soon as possible.

How to act when obtaining freedom

When the victim is released, he/she should denounce what happened by telephone or go to the nearest public security institution. Seek professional help to overcome the emotional trauma you experienced.

How one can avoid an express kidnapping

Be alert when you walk down the street and take care of who goes around you. Most of these kidnappings occur on the routes you frequent near work and home.

Try to give neighbors and friends the least information about your assets and economic capacity. Many kidnappings are perpetrated by people close to the victim.

Always visualize escape routes when you go to a place in case you find yourself in danger. If you are at risk you can shout "fire" or "earthquake" to get the attention of others around you.