Mexican soccer player overcame kidnappers, Mexican footballer Alan Pulido escaped from one of his captors by wrestling the man’s .50 calibre pistol and its phone to dial the Mexico’s emergency number and within few minutes on Monday, he was free after he was kidnapped by 24 hours.
The 25-year old Olympiakos forward in the Greek League recorded three calls to the emergency operator and was threatened while beating up his own captor, demanding where they are.
The intense sequences show that Pulido, who listed at 5-foot-9 and about 150 pounds, was the main orchestrator in his own liberation, a contrast with first accounts of a rescue by police.
Mexican soccer player overcame kidnappers
In one of the calls, Pulido explained to the operator that the state police was outside the safe house and wanted the officers informed someone inside was contacting emergency officials.
The operator ordered Pulido to fire the gun so that the authorities will knew they were in correct spot, but before he use it, the weapon is not loaded.
Police officers prompting Pulido to offer a clear description to himself especially in his attire so that they wouldn’t be confused with his captor. The police also started firing in the vicinity of abduction.
Pulido was rescued at around midnight on Sunday by the Tamaulipas police and prosecutor, after he was able to alert the authorities on his whereabouts via a mobile phone call.
The photos shown by the press indicated that he had a bandaged right hand from breaking a window and he thanked all his supporters who prayed for his safety via social media.
Mexicans breathe a sigh of relief over the news that Pulido was rescued, whose kidnapping considered a sensitive implication and it didn’t mentioned during the Mexican league’s championship match.
The striker, who plays for Olympiakos and has represented Mexico in Copa America, was abducted after leaving a party with his girlfriend in his hometown of Ciudad de Victoria, the capital of Tamaulipas, which is 200 miles south of the Texas border.
He also represented his home country in 2014 World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He was omitted for the Copa America squad because National Coach Carlos Osorio said that he had contact troubles.
Pulido’s family and state officials explained that he was intercepted by the captors while driving a BMW, pulled him out and fled the scene. His girlfriend notified the authorities and Quintanilla said the first call from the perpetrators was asking for a ransom around 1.30 pm on Sunday.
The authorities believed that the kidnappers were motivated solely due to the fact that they are asking for ransom in exchange to the soccer star, which was not paid.
Ciudad Victoria, the capital of Tamaulipas, is a city strifed by rival factions of dangerous Los Zetas drug cartel. The policed already detained a suspect in Pulido’s abduction, who accused to be a member of the syndicate.
Tamaulipas also led the abduction in the whole Mexico which increased 360% between 2010 and 2015.
However, the speed of the rescue gained uncomfortable questions on social media sites, and some wondered how Pulido was found so quickly in a country full of dangerous syndicates with countless victims. The state will hold an elections in June 5, and it might be the recipe to replace the ruling party in power for the first time in 86 years.
In 1999, father of Mexico’s national goalkeeper Jorge Campos was kidnapped but freed after six days and in 2005, Coach Cruz Azul was abducted by armed men but was rescued after 65 days by the federal government.