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Riviera Maya hotel robbery leads police to Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — Two vehicles that police say were part of a Riviera Maya hotel robbery were found in a residential area of Playa del Carmen.

On Thursday morning, several armed men arrived at the hotel Iberostar Playa Paraíso where they attempted to take the hotel’s two ATM machines.

Elements of the municipal and ministerial Police have since seized two vehicles in the El Petén neighborhood of Playa del Carmen. The vehicles were found Thursday night and are believed to be two of those used in the hotel’s robbery.

According to the State Attorney General’s Office, five armed men broke into the hotel and physically assaulted several of the hotel staff. The break and enter took place at 3:00 a.m. when the five arrived at the Iberostar Paraíso hotel security booth.

The 32-year-old hotel security guard told police that the men arrived aboard three vehicles, one of which was a suburban-type and began physically assaulting him. They then dragged him to an ATM, but when they were unable to move it, they began to assault him for a second time.

The security guard was left on the floor of the hotel semi-conscious. When he did not respond to calls from his supervisor, the hotel’s head of security went to the security booth where the armed men were still located. He too, was physically assaulted.

A total of four hotel staff were wounded, two more who were found and robbed of their possessions by the five before they left the hotel.

The five men boarded their vehicles and fled in an unknown direction. Police say the five left after they were unable to remove the two ATMs. Vehicles matching the description of those used to rob the hotel were called in. Police located two in the Petén district of Playa del Carmen.

Police say neither of the vehicles were reported as stolen.