Alan Pulido was rescued from his captors by the police authorities, bringing an end to the 24-hour trauma that the Mexican footballer had to go through in the hands of his kidnappers before he got free.
Although initial reports indicated that the player was freed by the police, there are new reports to contradict them, mentioning three phone calls made by the abducted to emergency operators.
The striker gave accounts of how he was abducted by the captors and how he escaped the crime scene. After he was kidnapped at gunpoint on Saturday night from his home town of Ciudad Victoria in Tamaulipas state, Pulido found himself alone with one of his three kidnappers in a two-storey house.
He had a scuffle with his captors, in which he snatched a .50-calibre weapon and beat one of them, demanding the street name of that place. However, the 25-year-old footballer failed to go out of the house since it was locked from outside.
Amidst chaos, Pulido managed to strain out his head from one of the windows and describe to the police on the phone a nearby antenna and two cars parked outside. Eventually, the police officers successfully retrieved the player from the house and arrested a 38-year-old man who admitted that he was involved in the kidnapping, notes The Guardian.
In photos released by the press, Pulido, 25, was seen with a bandaged hand for getting injuries from a broken window. He took to Twitter to thank police authorities. “Thanks to everyone for their prayers, they helped us a lot in this terrible experience of our lives that we do not wish on anyone.”
Based on accounts by Tamaulipas state prosecutor Ismael Quintanilla, Pulido was rescued during midnight after he alerted authorities about his whereabouts via a phone call. Right now, he is being medically evaluated. More rescue operations will be sent out later to investigate the matter and arrest the other absconding captors.
As reported by the Edition, Ciudad Victoria is notoriously known for being a brutal battleground in conflicts between rival drug peddlers. This clearly indicates why there are hundreds of kidnappings at the border every year.