Abducted Mex­i­can soc­cer player res­cued in dra­matic oper­a­tion


CI­U­DAD VIC­TO­RIA: Mex­i­can au­thor­i­ties res­cued kid­napped soc­cer player Alan Pulido af­ter he was able to dial an emer­gency phone num­ber and alert au­thor­i­ties to his lo­ca­tion, a state pros­e­cu­tor said Mon­day.

Ta­mauli­pas state At­tor­ney Gen­eral Is­mael Quin­tanilla said in a news con­fer­ence that a bun­gle by the kid­nap­pers led to the speedy res­cue of Pulido, a 25-year-old for­ward for the Greek club Olympiakos and na­tional club vet­eran. “Af­ter mid­night Sun­day, a 066 call was re­ceived from the soc­cer player Alan Pulido him­self in a care­less act by his cap­tors.... He was able to make a call and ask for help, pro­vid­ing his lo­ca­tion,” Quin­tanilla said.

Pulido was nabbed by four armed peo­ple on a high­way re­turn­ing from a party at about 11:30 p.m. Satur­day. Pulido’s fam­ily re­ceived the first ran­som call around 1:30 p.m. on Sun­day, Quin­tanilla said.

Au­thor­i­ties found him in safe house in the south­ern part of Ci­u­dad Vic­to­ria, his home­town, and one of his cap­tors was ar­rested. Quin­tanilla said the army, fed­eral and state po­lice par­tic­i­pated. The sus­pect was 38-year-old from the Gulf coast state of Ver­acruz, who Quin­tanilla said was a mem­ber of one of the crim­i­nal or­ga­ni­za­tions op­er­at­ing in the city.

Fol­low­ing his res­cue, Pulido was taken for med­i­cal and psy­cho­log­i­cal re­view and then pro­vided a state­ment to in­ves­ti­ga­tors.

Shortly af­ter his res­cue, Pulido ap­peared out­side state po­lice of­fices wear­ing shorts and a tank top with a ban­daged right hand along­side Ta­mauli­pas Gov. Egidio Torre Cantu. When re­porters asked him how he was, Pulido replied: “Very well, thank God.”

“The most im­por­tant thing is that he is here. He is with us,” Torre Cantu said.

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