Unfortunate experience - followup

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Tuesday, December 26, 2017, 13:02 (87 days ago) @ zihuatpair

We've been coming to Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa for 20 years and have never had a problem, but unfortunately today we were robbed at knifepoint at 3 pm in Zihuatanejo. We were walking along the canal pathway just east of the roundabout that funnels traffic to La Ropa when a young man suddenly appeared in my face wanting money - when I hesitated, he grabbed me by the shirt collar and held a large knife at me. I pulled my wallet out, he grabbed it and ran back toward the roundabout. My wife was screaming for help at that point as we began to chase him. The great part about this story is that a number of employes at the pizza delivery shop across the canal heard my wife's screams, saw what was happening, and took off chasing the culprit as well. Apparently they caught up with him as he climbed on board a minibus taxi and proceeded to throw my wallet out on the ground. They found me afterwards and brought the wallet back to me, missing only a few hundred pesos that apparently were lost when the wallet hit the ground and money spilled out. Can't say how much we appreciated help from the local residents/workers in retrieving my wallet from the bad guy! In retrospect, I would suggest staying away from that portion of the pathway along the canal, even in mid-day.

Just a followup. A witness who lives nearby described seeing this incident from their apartment as well as an earlier incident committed by the same person. They tried to call the police but got nothing but frustration from the endeavor as have so many others of us. I blame incidents like this directly on the mayor and director of public security in our municipal government for flagrantly ignoring their duties while cashing their inflated paychecks. More of our budget needs to go for public security and less for bloated salaries, questionable public works and wasteful political campaigns.


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