Tuesday, February 26, 2013

México: Italian Businessman Kidnapped from Restaurant in Amecameca de Juárez

Although details are sketchy, according to EFE, upwards of nine gunmen kidnapped Italian businessman Gilberto Soliman Corollo, 54, from the Los Venados Restaurant in Amecameca de Juárez on Saturday (February 23).  

COMMENT: From all indications, the victim was promoting the 9th bicycle race on Popobike mountain, held near the Paso de Cortes on the slopes of the Popocatepetl volcano.

Despite few details, it seems apparent that the kidnappers knew exactly where Mr. Corollo would be in Amecameca and were no doubt "well-staffed" to ensure success of the abduction. 

Interestingly, virtually all of the kidnappers carried rifles, which is very atypical of most kidnappings, particularly in México, where for reasons of  concealing firearms, high-capacity semi-auto pistols are generally used.

Although ransom kidnapping in México is a frequent occurrence, very little has been said in Mexican media concerning the abduction. The Italian Embassy has made no comments; the investigation has been turned over to the Office of the Attorney General in Estado de México (Edomex).

Another interesting detail about this abduction is that both English and Spanish news accounts reflect essential the same limited information.

Amecameca de Juárez is a town and municipality of roughly 49,000, located in the eastern panhandle of Estado de México between Mexico City and the Iztaccíhuatl and Popocatépetl volcanos of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. This area is popular with weekend visitors from Mexico City, Puebla and Morelos to enjoy the scenery of the mountains, eat local foods, visit the Sanctuary of the Señor del Sacromonte, the Panoaya Hacienda and other attractions. 

At this point in time, it is unknown what the motive was for Corollo's kidnapping, although in all likelihood it was economic.

This report will be updated as new information becomes available.