Story By: Jonathan Macias, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
Video Credit: CEN
This is the moment a gang of armed river pirates boards a vessel and threatens tourists enjoying a boat trip.
The incident took place on the Seco River in the municipality of Paraiso located in the southern Mexican state of Tabasco when five armed men reportedly boarded a tourist vessel called ‘Bucanero del Sur’.
The video was reportedly recorded by one of the tourists. The footage shows how a suspected river pirate points his gun at passengers minutes after boarding the boat.
Two Mexican pirates have been arrested for boarding and robbing the vessel, identified as brothers Sebastian N. and Rubicel N., who are believed to be part of a bigger gang.
According to local media, the vessel was halfway through a popular river cruise when the pirates beat up one tourist and forced the others to lie on the deck while they stripped them of their belongings, stealing jewellery, cash and mobile phones.
After the incident, the suspects reportedly hid in an area of mangroves where they made good their escape.
Police spokesman Carlos Alcudia told local media: “It is not the first time that this has happened, the suspects have been arrested before but released due to lack of evidence, however this time it will not be the same.”
The Secretariat of Security and Civilian Protection has confirmed that two suspects have been arrested for carrying out a violent assault on board the ‘Bucanero del Sur’. The detainees are under the custody of the State Attorney General’s Office (FGE) and waiting to be interrogated as part of the ongoing investigations.
Reports said that one of them was carrying a weapon at the time of his arrest.
The investigation continues.
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