Puerto Vallarta – Armed Men Kidnap Restaurant Patrons

By Faye Higbee

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – Two black SUVs containing an unknown number of armed men stormed an upscale restaurant in Puerto Vallarta, taking at least 16 hostages. The region is a popular tourist area in Mexico.

ABC reported,

“Prosecutors in the western state of Jalisco said two SUVs carrying an unknown number of gunmen arrived around 1 a.m. at the La Leche restaurant on the city’s main boulevard, which runs through the hotel zone between the old beach city and the airport.

The office said in a statement that it was still investigating. Five vehicles were abandoned at the restaurant, but it was unclear whether they belonged to any of the victims or attackers.”

Details are not available yet as to the motive or identities of either the armed men or the hostages.

The Jalisco Gov. Aristoteles Sandoval advised people to go about their daily activities normally because they had enhanced their security.

“We will not allow them to rob us of our tranquility, any information related to these events you can report to 089.”

“I instructed the Prosecutor @ealmaguerr who is directing the investigation and which will soon report the progress made.”

“Residents and tourists from P. Vallarta, we have strengthened security so they can do their activities normally.”

“There is full coordination with @GobMx and the municipality to find the persons deprived of their liberty and capture those responsible.”


The popular tourist resort of Puerto Vallarta was disrupted by armed gunmen abducting people from an upscale restaurant – photo via visitpuertovallarta.com