Kidnapped Mexican Soccer Star Alan Pulido Has Been Rescued and Is Doing “Very Well”
Alan Pulido, a striker for the Mexican national team and Greek club Olympiakos, was kidnapped on Saturday just outside his home town of Ciudad Victoria in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas, which is about 200 miles south of the Texas border.
Amazingly, Pulido was rescued, relatively unharmed, less than 24 hours later.
His ordeal started late Saturday night. According to his family and government officials, Pulido and his girlfriend left a party at about 11:30 P.M. and headed back to town. However, his vehicle was intercepted, surround by several trucks, and Pulido was apprehended by six unknown individuals. His girlfriend, mercifully, was left in the car.
Tamaulipas is a major battle ground for the Gulf Cartel and Los Zetas and one of the most dangerous states in Mexico. The capital city of Ciudad Victoria has been hit especially hard. The official government statistics say 1,000 people are kidnapped every year in Tamaulipas. However, some experts argue the number is actually closer to 10,000.
What makes Alan Pulido’s case rare is that it actually had a happy ending. Most kidnapping victims are never found.
Pulido appeared with police outside a police station early Monday morning, hours after he was rescued. Though his right hand had been bandaged for reasons yet unknown, when asked how he is doing by reporters Pulido replied, “very well, thank God.”
If only every kidnapping in Mexico ended this way. Heart goes out to those still missing. Glad Alan Pulido is alive pic.twitter.com/hy4yZFcQjA
— Michelle Rodriguez (@michrod) May 30, 2016
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) May 30, 2016
— ABC News (@ABC) May 30, 2016
Police are not saying much about the rescue operation at this time. All we know is that it involved both federal and local officials, and that he was carried out a little less than 24 hours after he was abducted.
Assuming all the details of this story turn out to be true, this is a pretty huge win for Mexican law enforcement, which has been largely ineffective in countering the drug cartels in recent years. Stay tuned.