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Nicaragua: New “Friends” Lure Victims into Taxi Kidnappings

By Larry Habegger | Permalink | 1 comment | July 28th, 2010 | Trackback

The U.S. Embassy in Managua reported that nearly a dozen taxi kidnappings occurred in the past month in several areas, including around the international airport, along bus routes to and from San Juan del Sur, San Jorge, Granada, Managua, Esteli and Masaya, and in the city of Managua. In all cases involving U.S. citizens, the incidents involved a local befriending the American and offering to share or help find a taxi. Once inside the taxi, the victims were held at knife- or gun-point, threatened with violent assault, robbed, driven to ATMs to empty their bank accounts, then abandoned in remote areas. The incidents often occurred after strangers befriended the victims on a bus and the bus arrived at its destination. The assailants have had many profiles, including a young pregnant woman and women and men of various ages. The Embassy recommends using only officially registered taxis bearing registration numbers on the door, license plate and trunk or radio-dispatched taxis.




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Roger Greiner | March 14th, 2012 at 8:17 pm
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Met Latino girl that grew up in nicuruaga on dating site wanted to Mary me too soon , she moved to Miami fl at age of 21 45 when I met her she had family contacts in nicuruaga was trying to get me to fly alone to nicuruaga from wv and she would meet me their couldn’t go because of the thousand dollars for flight , when she found out I couldn’t go she backed of from the romance , she told me she never loved me , wondered whe she didn’t love me but wanted me too fly to nicuruaga too visit family, then google crime in nicuruaga and saw taxi cab ubduction around the airport , told me her uncle was cab driver , she was also hinting for me to take her on expensive vacations and she needed neck operation if she fell down or in accident could kill her , put all the peices together and came to conclusion was being set up to be kidnapped and held for random had told her my mother had money thank god didn’t go was very upset that some one would do that


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