American in Mexico Kidnapped
Dec. 10, 1997
ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) _ Gunmen posing as federal police kidnapped the American manager of the Princess, one of Acapulco's leading hotels. A police officer was killed and another was wounded in a shootout that ensued.
Ten heavily armed men dressed in the black uniforms of the federal police intercepted Vincent Carrosa's car Tuesday morning near the hotel, said Hector Omar Maganda of the Guerrero state district attorney's office.
A spokeswoman for the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City said it had no information on the case, and did not know Carrosa's hometown.
As the kidnappers forced Carrosa into their truck, a passing police squad 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 shot in the lungs was hospitalized in serious condition.
The Princess is one of the top five hotels in this Pacific beach resort favored by thousands of 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.
There have also been many cases in which police or former officers were found to be in collusion with criminals.