Cancun, Q.R. — UPDATED: Five people have been taken into custody for their alleged participation in a Cancun kidnapping that involved nine people.
The Anti-kidnapping Prosecutor’s Office of the Attorney General of the State of Quintana Roo reported that four men and one woman were detained by federal police at an address in Region 229 for the alleged crime of illegal deprivation of freedom.
According to the report, the five kidnappers held two adults and seven minors hostage in their home Christmas day, demanding 20,000 peso and two cell phones for their freedom.
One of those held in the home was released with the agreement she was to return with the money and cell phones, however, instead, she flagged down a federal police unit and reported the incident. The five were arrested.
The detainees have been identified as 27-year-old Jaime Guadalupe S.L., Juan M.Z. 52, Elmar J.D. 23 years of age, Ana María E.M. 51 and Alen Javier K.B. 26. All have been made available to the Anti-kidnapping Prosecutor’s Office.
UPDATE: The attorney general of the state says that the deprivation of liberty of the family was not a random kidnapping, but a dispute between neighbors. They report that the five who went to the home did hold family members inside, but it was for an alleged collection of debt and not a random kidnapping or criminal group.
In a statement, the Attorney General’s Office said “It was not a criminal group dedicated to kidnapping, but it was a dispute between neighbors.”
Police continue to investigate.