In an operation that involved at least twenty to thirty people, an armed commando blocked various avenues in the center of Monterrey in order to penetrate two hotels where they kidnapped seven individuals. In order to prevent police authorities from arriving quickly the armed commando blocked off Cuahutémoc Street and Colón Street using two trucks, a crane, and an Eclipse vehicle. Initially it was believed that among the victims was a North American woman who was staying at the Hotel Holiday Inn. This claim, however, has been refuted by La Crónica de Hoy, which stated that the United States consulate said there was no evidence of this fact, using the radio station Radio Fórmula as its source. In actuality it is believed that three of the victims are registered businessman in Mexico City and the woman is a registered businesswoman in the state of Reynosa.
The commando attacked a security guard after he tried to intervene (no hospitalization was needed). Among those kidnapped was a security guard and receptionist as well. The event occurred yesterday early in the morning in the mentioned hotel, located on the streets of Garibaldi and Hidalgo, in what is known as the pink zone of Monterrey. At the same time a second kidnapping was taking place at the Hotel Misión off of Padre Mier Street and Garibaldi Street. One man was taken. While authorities were investigating the blocked street the armed commando was able to escape.
Those who were kidnapped include Luis Miguel González Maroto, Ángel Ernesto Montes de Oca Sánchez, Manuel Juárez and Aracely Hernández. Members of the Mexican Army and Marine force are working with local authorities to find the seven people kidnapped.