Various groups have splintered into smaller gangs, which have branched out into different illegal business activities, and the associated violence is spreading across Mexico.” The actual number of kidnappings in Mexico is largely underreported, according to the OSAC, due to the widespread belief among tourists and locals alike that “the police may be involved in the crime or are unable to resolve the situation.” In 2016, there were 771 kidnapping cases in the country involving people connected to the US, according to the OSAC, including citizens, legal permanent residents and other cases in which an extortion call was made to the US, and police (or former law enforcement officials) have been implicated in many of these incidents.
Mexico had an estimated 30,000 homicides in 2017, according to a study published by the Justice in Mexico Project at the University of San Diego.
They tied her up and went to look for Frank and, while they were gone, she was able to free herself and make a run for it.
She climbed 20 feet up a tree and hid among the branches for several hours before Frank returned with officials.
When Jennifer and Frank Massabki traveled to Mexico in May 2017, they had recently gotten engaged and were looking for potential locations to host their wedding later that year.
But after what occurred over the next few days, they didn’t know if they ever wanted to set foot in the country again.
The State Department issued new “do not travel” advisories for five Mexico states following surges in gang-related violent crime in February and March.
The states Americans have been strictly told to avoid are Colima, Guerrero, Michoacán, Sinaloa and Tamaulipas.
The couple rented a car from an American company in Mexico City and had been on the road for about an hour when another vehicle rear-ended them.
When Frank got out to talk to the driver, a group of men with weapons descended upon them and took them hostage in their car, according to a police report filed with Mexico City officials.