“On Saturday January 28 at about 2:30 pm I had plans to go to lunch with a friend I met online, supposedly named Samantha. She told me she knew of a great restaurant we could go to and would pick me up at my hotel, the Hilton”.
Thus begins his story Johnathan Diez, a foreign tourist who was allegedly the victim of a criminal gang in Cartagena, who kidnapped him for several hours and cleared his accounts.
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“I send this message because something is happening in Cartagena that everyone, especially tourists, should know,” he says.
“They tied me up, covered my eyes, strangled me, immobilized me and sat face down,” he denounced.
They kidnapped me, took me hostage through Cartagena, yelling at me for almost 3 hours, torturing me, holding me hostage and making me transfer more money…
“I got out, and I met this woman, I got into the car that appeared to be a gray Sandero like she told me to do. About 2 minutes after I got into the car, 4-5 armed men jumped into the car, pointed guns at me, and They yelled telling me to give them everything I had,” says the foreigner in a video that is viral on social networks.
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“They tied me up, blindfolded me, strangled me, immobilized me and sat face down. I couldn’t breathe well. They demanded that I give them the password for my phone, all my bank accounts and social media accounts. They made me transfer money to Western Union to people called ‘Juan Pedro Doy Gil’, in Medellín, and ‘Anderson Fabián Restrepo Morales’, in Bello, Antioquia, and PayPal to someone called Luisa Zapata Puerta and said that if I didn’t do it they would kill me adds the alleged victim.
They took me out of the city and abandoned me on a dirt road far from my hotel. I got hurt but managed to get to the closest person I couldn’t find for help
Despite the fact that the Police have not yet ruled on this fact, there is controversy on social networks over the video.
“They kidnapped me, they took me hostage through Cartagena, yelling at me for almost 3 hours, torturing me, holding me hostage and making me transfer more money and saying that they will kill me and they took six thousand dollars in transfers from me,” explains the man with an American accent.
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“They took me out of the city and abandoned me on a dirt road far from my hotel. I hurt myself, but I managed to get to the closest person I couldn’t find to ask for help,” says Diez.
According to the man, the police arrived and told him “that this is not the first, second or third time that this has happened in Cartagena. That it is a continuous crime that occurs in the city. Actually, the most recent case was the day before, that Friday the 27th and left it in exactly the same place,” he says.
Despite the fact that the man assures that he was unharmed from the bad experience, he alerts other tourists.
“These people continue to use my credit cards in the city. And they are professional criminals. I am telling everyone in Cartagena what is happening to save lives. I hope that by making this public, other victims of this crime here in Cartagena will come forward. and report what happened to them”, concludes the young foreigner.