A 36-year-old Israeli who was on vacation in Medellín, colombiawas kidnapped by a local criminal gang on Friday while on a date with a woman he met on social media, the Foreign Office said.
According to Metropolitan Police Deputy Commander José Miranda, when the two left the restaurant, the woman pretended to be waiting for a taxi while calling the gang members who then snatched her appointment and forced him into a car.
Local police forces were alerted and began a pursuit through the streets of Medellin, while city-wide curfews were established. Finally, the car crashed into one and the criminals were arrested.
“The victim told the officers that he had been kidnapped and that his belongings were stolen. He also said that he had been injured,” police said, adding that the Israeli man was taken to hospital.
The three kidnappers who were armed were arrested, police said.
The Israeli national was held by his captors for four hours, and investigators were trying to determine whether the kidnappers may also have been linked to an earlier incident, in which a Swedish national was found murdered earlier this month and his stolen belongings
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