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Cancun taxi drivers held after attack against vehicle transporting tourists

Cancun, Q.R. — Two taxi drivers from Cancun are being charged with robbery, damages and injures. The charges stem from an assault that was captured on video of the taxi drivers assaulting another vehicle.

Police have not confirmed whether or not that second vehicle was one of Uber. However, on Thursday in a statement from the SSC (Secretaría de Seguridad Ciudadana) of Quintana Roo, the agency did confirm the vehicle was from a digital platform.

“After a fight on Yaxchilán Avenue, two taxi drivers and a driver from a digital platform were arrested Thursday afternoon,” they said adding that all three would be made available to a civic judge while the corresponding investigations are carried out.

On Friday, the State Attorney General reported that Yorzua “N” and Alex “N”, the two Cancun taxi drivers from the video, were “fully identified as the aggressors against a person with a confidential identity.”

The defendants are being held for the crimes of qualified robbery, damages and injuries. They did point out that “in this attack, at no time were firearms used against the victim.”

The two taxi drivers, who were initally smiling in their mug shots, were arrested and held after being videoed attacking a black sedan carrying tourists. The video quickly went viral after being posted online.

The incident happened Thursday on Yaxchilán Avenue where they attacked the vehicle with “plastic objects” (according to the SSC) and rocks. Authorities have not commented on if the attacked vehicle was that of Uber, since there are other digital rideshares available in the state.

They have also not provided details on why the vehicle was attacked or how the incident played out that has resulted in the charges mentioned by the State Attorney General (FGE).

Cancun Mayor, Ana Paty Peralta, has since condemned the attack by city taxi drivers against the vehicle transporting tourists.

“In Cancun, we will not allow violent acts towards citizens or visitors. The Cancun Police have already arrested two people and the corresponding investigations have begun,” she said in a very brief statement.