Ascensión vigilantes take on kidnap gang
Ascensión is a farming town 120 miles southwest of Juárez and close to the U.S. border with New Mexico.
The town had been the scene of a rash of kidnappings in the past few months. In the past, Ascensión residents had banded together to raise ransom money. On Tuesday, they banded together to get revenge.
The kidnapped girl’s aunt, Maricruz Salazar, said the group had been carrying out at least three kidnappings a week for months. People of Ascensión knew the kidnappers because they were members of the small community.
“We are a town in so much distress,” Salazar said. “We are sick of the kidnappings.”
What occurred Tuesday was bound to happen, many residents say.
“Everywhere I looked, I saw people whose family members had been kidnapped in the past,” he said. “The hate had been accumulating from months before.”
Finally, he said, the military and the federal police separated the alleged kidnappers from the mob.
But the crowd would not drop the matter so easily.
Read the whole thing. It’s pretty dramatic.