This is the horrifying moment when a nine-year-old boy was snatched off the road on his way to school and dragged into a car with a knife.
Shocking CCTV footage captured the moment the boy was kidnapped while walking with his mother in the central Mexican city of Huehuetoca.
The boy was holding his mother’s hand as they were walking with other parents and children just before 8am Monday morning when two gunmen jumped out of a red Nissan Platina.
A gunman grabbed the boy and pushed him into the car while the other man hit the woman on the side of the head with his gun and stole her belongings.
The kidnappers fled and later demanded $200,000 from the boy’s family for his release, Almomento reports.
Cops launched an urgent manhunt and tracked the nine-year-old and his kidnappers to a home just five miles from Benito Juárez’s neighborhood.
The police searched the house on Wednesday evening and freed the boy.
His eyes had reportedly been covered with a piece of cloth to prevent him from making eye contact with his captors.
Four men and two women and a young girl were arrested.
The suspects have been named by local media as Moisés Alexander, Erick Mateo, Omar Avelardo and Leonel Eduardo, Glenda and Lucila Guadalupe.
Prosecutors said the defendants were part of a notorious gang terrorizing residents in an area that stretches across Mexico City and the eastern half of Mexico.
The suspects are expected to appear before a judge in Mexico state for their charges.
The nine-year-old boy is the second teenager to be kidnapped in Mexico this week.
David Navarrete, 10, was reportedly kidnapped by his father when his mother was taking him to school in Nezahualcóyotl on Monday.
Navarrete was rescued the same day, Mexico State Attorneys said.
The spate of kidnappings has prompted the Huehuetoca city government to increase police presence at dozens of schools and universities.
According to the National Registry of Missing and Unlocated Persons, 2,827 children under the age of 17 were abducted between January 1 last year and June 10 this year.
At least 22 percent of the kidnappings were reported in Mexico.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/6440017/moment-boy-kidnapped-gunpoint-walking-school-mexico/ Chilling Moment Boy, 9, is kidnapped at gunpoint on the street by kidnappers demanding $200,000 for his release in Mexico