Armed men assault hotel lobby in Acápulco; they take 32,000 pesos, luggage and belongings from tourist group. A total of 45 tourists were victims of the robbery in the lobby of the Hotel Diana Acapulco.
Three armed men assaulted a group of hikers from the municipality of Nezahualcóyotl , in the State of Mexico, when they registered at a hotel located one block from the Costera Avenue , in the Magallanes subdivision of Acápulco, Guerrero.
The director of the Tourist Assistance and Protection Center of Acapulco (CAPTA), Jondalar Castillo, confirmed that the visitors were treated in that office where they were guided and accompanied to report the incident to the Special Prosecutor’s Office for Tourist Assistance.
According to police sources, the report of the theft was given to the emergency number 911 at 7:30 in the morning. Tourist police officers arrived at the scene responding to the complaint of the victims, who indicated that the three armed men arrived at the lobby of the Diana Acapulco hotel, located on Francisco Pizarro street, which they had just arrived to stay when they were held up and 32 ,000 pesos were taken plus belongings.
The two mostly directly deprived tourists were Irene Moreno Guerrero and Julio Martín Fuentes Mendez.
Castillo Jondalar pointed out that the group of 45 people had a reservation deposit at the hotel, so after reconciling between those affected and the management of the hotel who gave them a cheaper rate. “They reached a monetary agreement to cover the remaining nights supporting the tourists with a lower balance so they can stay as normal as planned.”
He explained that because of the assault they could not settle the outstanding balance of the reserved rooms, so it was worked out between the two parties to support the visitors.
The tourist police took the hikers to the CAPTA where they were oriented and took them to the Prosecutor’s Office to file their complaint, in which it was learned that they may have pointed out that the manager of the lodge was a possible accomplice of the assault.
This is not the first time that a similar situation against visitors occurs in Mexican tourist destinations. A few days ago, a Spanish tourist was taken hostage during an assault on a passenger public transport van between Cancun and Playa del Carmen, in Quintana Roo, and was subsequently released after being repeatedly raped. (See my post from a few of days ago)
It was reported that the 26-year-old woman, originally from León (Spain), appeared in Cancun and was transferred to the premises of the Attorney General of Quintana Roo in that city to give her statement to the authorities.
The events occurred in the morning and during the search and location operation of the Spanish tourist, a helicopter from the Navy Secretariat was used.
According to data collected, the public transport unit left from Cancun and a man with a backpack climbed aboard and took out a long gun with which he threatened the passengers to assault them. He made several robberies while he had the woman hostage.