Businessmen are closing or plan to close their businesses in Rosarito due to kidnappings

Translated by Fulano from an article in Ecos de Rosarito.

Kidnappings and extortion have returned to Rosarito

While a young pharmacy businessman was kidnapped and freed after paying a ransom, the emblematic fruit and vegetable store La Serranita has closed its doors after the kidnapping of a young manager.

Regarding this last event, relatives said that criminals continued to threaten the victim after he was freed, sending him narco messages of threats, the motive by which they have decided to close the family business a week ago.

Regarding the kidnapping of the pharmacist, authorities have been keeping the issue a secret since the morning of Saturday, July 14, 2018, when the young man was kidnapped across from the Rosarito Beach Hotel in the tourist zone and in broad daylight.

At the beginning of this week, there was a story circulating that the young man had been freed alive, after the family paid a ransom which was thousands of dollars.

The stories say the young man was tortured for force the family to pay the ransom. They say he was freed with his nose broken and his ears very wounded from the torture methods used on him.

The stories also say the young man was held captive with other persons who had also been kidnapped and that one woman was executed at that location.

It is said the band of criminals doing the kidnappings have the appearance of ministerial police officers. It was said that days before the kidnapping, people who looked like ministerial police came to the pharmacy with a suspicious attitude and asked about some medication.

While businessmen and merchants live in fear of kidnappings, other have started to “pay extortion” to avoid being victims of criminal bands.

Owners of nightclubs said that charging extortion money has always been present in Rosarito, but now the conflicts and deaths are because of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, which is violently trying to take all the territory.