Valley Woman Recounts Being Carjacked at Gunpoint in Reynosa

5 years 4 months 3 weeks ago Friday, September 01 2017 Sep 1, 2017 September 01, 2017 6:34 PM September 01, 2017 in News

WESLACO – A Rio Grande Valley woman is thankful she is alive. She was carjacked by a group of men in Reynosa Thursday afternoon.

CHANNEL 5 NEWS is hiding the woman's identity to protect her. We will refer to her as Irma.

Irma said she and a group of people were on their way to the airport in Reynosa when they were cut off by a black Ford Explorer.

"Four individuals came out of the car with big guns," she said. "They just told us to get out of the vehicle, that if we didn't do it that they were going to shoot us."

Irma said the men allowed the group to take out their luggage from the SUV the group was in.

"Everything in Spanish that their boss had just gotten picked up and they needed a car fast," she said.

She said it seemed like the men had done carjackings before. Their vehicle, she said, had damage to it.

After they were carjacked, the men left the group on the side of the road. She said car after car passed.

A Mexican Military base is located about a mile away from the airport. But Irma said no help ever came.

"Scared we didn't know what to do none of us had service," she recalled.

Irma said a man and his wife finally pulled over to help them.

"They were nice enough to take us there to the Pharr Bridge," she said. "He said that that happens pretty much every day."

Irma said they were dropped off at an area near Mexican customs and immigration . There, they got into a taxi and made their way back to the U.S.

"The taxi driver was telling us that we're lucky that nothing else happened to us, because they usually kidnap people for ransom or they just plainly kill you,” she said.

Shaken, but unharmed, Irma said she is lucky to be alive. The group filed a police report in the U.S.

Irma said her short trip to Reynosa will be her last.

She urged people to heed a travel warning to citizens issued by the federal government.

The U.S. State Department’s travel warning recommends people to defer all non-essential travel to the Mexican State of Tamaulipas due to violent crimes.

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