Saturday, May 26, 2012

Florida: Uruguayan Tourist Kidnapped, Robbed, Assaulted in Broward County

Lennard Mauricio Laprebendere Delgado, a Uruguayan tourist, was robbed, kidnapped and assaulted by two assailants after leaving the Pembroke Lakes Mallon Thursday afternoon (Mat 24).

Pembroke Pines police said that Delgado was reportedly walking along the south side of Macy's when a man forced him into a vehicle driven by another man.

Delgado said they drove him to a BP gas station at 10070 Pines Blvd. and made him buy beer for them. The suspects then drove him to the 21500 block of NW 39th Ave. in Miami Gardens where the one of the assailants punched him in the face, stole $200 cash from him and dropped him off.

COMMENT: This incident is a reminder that we never know when a personal crisis will confront us, which is one reason for all travelers to have their personal affairs in order and to always subscribe to international medical and evacuation coverage if traveling outside of your home country.

Incidents such as this is another reason why, no matter what country you're traveling in, always carry a cell phone that can be connected to the country's equivalent of a 911 emergency.

The victim reported that his two assailants were in their early 20s. Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Pembroke Pines Police Department at 954-431-2200, email to, or call Crimestoppers at 954-493-TIPS.

Pembroke Pines is a city in South Florida's Broward County, FL. The population is 154,750, making it the second most populous city in Broward County and the eleventh most populous in Florida.