On Christmas Day, a 16 year old Mexican friend of mine and his 11 year old companion were heading home through La Floresta when they were accosted by one of La Floresta's security guards. The guard asked them for money. The older boy had 100 pesos but the guard said that was not enough. He told the boy to go and get 300 pesos more and he was going to hold the younger boy hostage until he returned. The guard then handcuffed the boy to the steering wheel of his truck. This crime started around 1700 hrs that day.
The older boy obtained the 300 pesos from an account at Walmart which had been set up for his education and returned to La Floresta and gave the money to the guard.
Sometime during this period, a second security guard arrived on the scene in his vehicle and took the young lad into his truck. After some argument between the two guards, the first guard returned the boy to his truck and secured him to the steering wheel. The second guard left the scene.
The two boys were then driven around the área of La Floresta until after dark. When the guard decided to reléase the two boys, he threatened them with a pistol and warned them if they told anyone they would "disappear". He also assaulted the younger boy but was stopped by the older one before he could actually harm the boy. The guard told the boy that he had been drinking and was a little drunk.
Now comes the most upsetting part of the incident.
The next morning, 26 December, the two parents went to lodge a complaint with the Ministereo Publico in Chapala. They were summarily dismissed being told that the office was too busy to deal with minor complaints despite the evidence of the bruises on the boys wrists from the handcuffs.
According to as statement from a woman who works in La Floresta, the guard has intimidated residents of La Floresta and demanded money from them but the victims are too frightened to complain publicly.
I do not yet know what can be done but I will speak with a lawyer to try and obtain some justice in this matter.