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U.S. manager of popular Acapulco hotel kidnapped

December 10, 1997

ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) _ Gunmen posing as federal police kidnapped the American manager of one of Acapulco’s leading hotels, the Princess. A police officer was killed and another was wounded in a shootout that ensued, a law enforcement official said.

Ten heavily armed men dressed in the black uniforms of the federal police intercepted Vincent Carrosa’s car at 8:45 a.m. Tuesday near the hotel, said Hector Omar Maganda of the Guerrero state district attorney’s office.

As the kidnappers forced Carrosa into their truck, a police squad passing by gave chase, Maganda said. The bank police opened fire, and the kidnappers fired back.

Deputy commander Jose Martinez Manriquez was fatally shot in the head and neck, Maganda said. Another officer wounded in the lungs was hospitalized in serious condition.

The Princess is one of the top five hotels in this Pacific beach resort favored by American and Canadian tourists.

Dozens of kidnappings take place in Mexico every year, although exact figures are unclear. Relatives and friends of victims usually refuse to notify police or file a complaint for fear of reprisal.

Also, there have been many cases in which police or former officers were found to be in collusion with criminals.

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