Saturday, December 17, 2011

US Consulate, Matamoros Issues Travel Warning Re: Carjacking Threat

The U.S. Consulate in Matamoros has issued a threat warning concerning a rash of carjackings that have occurred this month in the neighborhoods north of the city. The suspects seem to be targeting U.S. citizens, the warning states.


According to the warning, two gunmen have been approaching people with US license plates and driving away with the vehicles, the consulate reported. At least five US citizens or legal permanent residents have reported a carjacking in Matamoros earlier this month.

The men are described as in their early 20s, each approximately 150 pounds and driving either a green Chevrolet Cavalier, a green Chevrolet Tahoe or a black Ford Escort.

Earlier this week that a 23-year-old woman told Brownsville police that she was carjacked in Matamoros. Two armed men asked her if she was American, at which point they ordered her from her vehicle and then stole the car and her purse.

COMMENT: Matamoros, officially known as Heroica Matamoros, is a city in the northeastern part of Tamaulipas, in the country of Mexico. It is located on the southern bank of the Rio Grande, directly across the border from Brownsville, Texas. The Matamoros–Brownsville Metropolitan Area has an estimated population of 1,136,995, making it the 4th largest metropolitan area on the Mexico-US border.

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