MEXICO CITY – Mexican authorities say armed men have abducted multiple people from an upscale restaurant in the popular beach resort city of Puerto Vallarta.
Prosecutors in the western state of Jalisco say 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 and is frequented by tourists.
The Jalisco prosecutors office said Monday 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.
Mexican media reports say as many as 16 people were abducted, but authorities did not immediately confirm the number.
Jalisco Governor Aristoteles Sandoval issued the following statement via Twitter:
“The acts that happened in the early morning in Puerto Vallarta cannot be permitted nor tolerated. I have instructed the State Attorney General to use all resources available to find out what happened in this serious incident. There is full cooperation between the Mexican Government and the municipality to find the victims and capture those responsible. To the residents and tourists in Puerto Vallarta, I’m informing you that we have reinforced security so your activities can return to normal.”