Published Oct 09, 2013Yesterday (October 8), we heard the rather shocking news that Spanish dance-pop group Delorean had been victims of a kidnapping incident while in Mexico. Now, the four-piece have issued an official statement shedding some light on the matter.
Reports had suggested that the kidnappers posed as security officers and contacted the band while they were at Mexico City's Four Points Hotel. The crooks claimed that the musicians were in danger and said that they needed to be taken to a second hotel, at which point they stole their phones and began demanding ransom payments from the band members' families in Spain.
The incident was initially described as a "virtual kidnapping," but judging from the band's account on Facebook, it sounds like a very real kidnapping to us.
The statement, in full, is below. Scroll past that to see Delorean's tour schedule, and note that some of the gigs have been cancelled while they recover from the ordeal. This includes a Canadian show in Vancouver on Friday (October 11).
On Monday morning October 7th we received a phone call at our hotel room in Mexico City from a person posing as a hotel security officer. We were informed that there was a security threat at the hotel.
What followed for the next 30 hours was an experience where the threat of death was real due to the psychological manipulation inflicted on us by our kidnappers. Thanks to the fantastic work of the National Police in Spain, Ertzantza , Interpol and the Federal Police in Mexico, we were successfully rescued yesterday morning.
While it would be convenient to blame Mexico, that would not be sound. This could have occurred anywhere in the world. Our hope is that this situation will bring attention to the abuse that we were subjected to by our kidnappers, so that other travellers do not fall victim in the future.
This has been extremely difficult for us and our families. At this time we have no further comment and we ask that you respect our privacy so that we can return to normality in our lives.
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