Armed Kidnapping in Lújar

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
By Martin Myall

Anybody that’s been to this village the other side of Motril would not expect its only bar to have been the scene of a kidnapping at gunpoint.

In the early hours of Sunday the 17th, three men forced a lad from the village into their car at gunpoint, much to the astonishment of everybody, including the bar’s parrot, if it’s still alive after all these years.

A friend of the victim immediately contacted the police with the result that the gang did not get far, thanks to a rock group.

Yes, a rock group, because Spanish, aging, heavy-rock gods, Medina Azahara, were performing a gig in La Rábita, and the Guardia Civil had extra hands on duty that night.

The units down on the coast were alerted and a road block was set up, involving several patrol cars.

The car, a red Honda with an Almería plate, managed to get around the first car but ran into the other two blocking the road a few metres further on.

The young lad was freed and the three men, all from Almería were arrested. A starter gun and blank cartridges were found in the suspects’ car, along with a rather nasty knife.

The victim, in his statement before the police, said that it was a case of mistaken identity and that they were really looking for somebody else concerned with a drugs deal.

(News: Lujar, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)

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