At least 10 individuals were abducted in a posh restaurant in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico at dawn on Monday. Authorities believed that the victims belong to an organized crime group operating in the country.
The incident took place in the La Leche restaurant where groups of men and women were partying until early dawn on Monday.
El Chapo Guzman’s Son
Eyewitness accounts indicated that at least five men were seen abducting the victims, who were then transported by two vehicles to unknown places. The exact number of abducted people remains unclear as of posting, but initial reports indicate that it could reach up to 16 individuals, including four women.
A report from The Guardian showed that Jesus Alfredo Guzman Salazar, son of infamous gang leader Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, was one of the victims of the abduction. El Chapo, currently imprisoned in Mexico, runs what authorities called one of the largest drug syndicates in drug-infested Mexico.
Police have identified a gang feud as motive behind the abduction.
Mexico Drug Syndicate
The abducted victims were taken from the area in five luxury vehicles with registrations in Sinaloa, Jalisco, and Nayarit. Other luxury items were recovered by the responding officer, which led the authorities to assume that the victims could be part of a crime group, Mexico News Daily reported.
Aristóteles Sandoval, Governor of Jalisco, condemned the reported abduction, saying the government would not be fazed by the criminality in the province. Security measures have been tightened following Monday’s abduction incident.