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Woman found unharmed after Cancun combi kidnapping

Cancun, Q.R. — A woman who was the kidnapping victim of a combi robbery has been found safe and unharmed in Cancun.

La Fiscalía General del Estado (FGE) made the official statement Sunday after the woman, who is of Spanish origin, was located unharmed in Region 243 of Cancun. On Sunday morning, a public transport van running the Cancun-Playa del Carmen route was robbed by a single assailant.

Witnesses said the man physically assaulted four of the seven combi passengers with the butt of his gun while robbing them and forcefully removing the woman from the van. The anonymous report of the incident to Emergency 911 at 8:51 a.m. initiated a heavy police presence along the federal highway.

Combi witnesses said the man, who was sitting in the front seat next to the combi driver, removed a gun from his backpack just before the van reached the police filter. He then announced the gun was loaded and it was an assault. He ordered the driver to carry on through the police filter and pull over at a side road where he entered the back of the combi and robbed the passengers. He eventually got out of the van near Puerto Morelos where he removed the female passenger from the back, heading into a green area.

Authorities say the 26-year-old Spanish woman was found by the Municipal Police of Cancun in the area of Rancho Viejo in Region 243 after an intense search operation that reportedly involved the National Guard and federal police Eagle I helicopter.