Spanish synthpop band Delorean are reportedly safe after undergoing a 48 hour kidnap ordeal whilst in Mexico to play the countries esteemed electronic music festival Mutek. Police in the capital Mexico City freed the Basque formed quartet after the musicians were the victim of an increasingly popular type of crime in Mexico known as ‘virtual kidnapping’.
They were phoned in their hotel by someone posing as a policemen and told to move to a different hotel, where the kidnappers were. The criminal gang then demanded a ransom of a £235,000 payment in order to release the band from relatives in Spain, police said. The kidnappers seemingly left the musicians unguarded, but they were so afraid that they did not try to escape. Their families then informed the police, who located the band 2 days after they went missing. As of yet o arrests have been made. We pleased to report that all four members of Delorean are unharmed and in good health and have released a statement on the matter now they’ve returned to Spain which can be read below:
“On Monday morning October 7th we received a phone call at our hotel room in Mexico City from a person posing as a hotel security officer. We were informed that there was a security threat at the hotel.
What followed for the next 30 hours was an experience where the threat of death was real due to the psychological manipulation inflicted on us by our kidnappers. Thanks to the fantastic work of the National Police in Spain, Ertzantza , Interpol and the Federal Police in Mexico, we were successfully rescued yesterday morning.
While it would be convenient to blame Mexico, that would not be sound. This could have occurred anywhere in the world. Our hope is that this situation will bring attention to the abuse that we were subjected to by our kidnappers, so that other travelers do not fall victim in the future.
This has been extremely difficult for us and our families. At this time we have no further comment and we ask that you respect our privacy so that we can return to normality in our lives.”
This incident has blighted what is a vibrant and forward looking Mexican music scene with artists such as John Talabot cancelling tours of the region due to safety concerns. Hopefully those responsible for the crime will be quickly apprehended as Mexico looks to shed the violent criminal reputation of its past.
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