Texmelucan toll booth, near the scene of the robbery. Texmelucan toll booth, near the scene of the robbery.

Highway robbers hit Canadian tourists

Incident took place near the San Martín Texmelucan tollbooth in Puebla

Members of a Canadian family were victims of armed robbery on the Mexico City-Puebla highway this week on a stretch of road that has become popular among thieves.

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Iván Casasola and his family were staying with relatives in Toluca, México state, when they decided to take a trip to Puebla. But one of the two vehicles in which they were traveling had a mechanical problem, forcing the travelers to stop on the shoulder about two kilometers from the San Martín Texmelucan tollbooth in Puebla.

That’s when they were apprehended by six heavily armed men who emerged from the brush and took wallets, luggage and other possessions, even a diaper bag.

Their loot in hand, the thieves left on foot, leaving the Casasola family reeling but otherwise unscathed. They drove to the Arco de Seguridad Huejotzingo police station to report the incident.

Their arrival at the station came just hours after state police officially kicked off Vacaciones Seguras, or Safe Vacations, a holiday security operation.

A subsequent search for the thieves came up empty-handed.

It was on the same highway that a family of four from Tecamachalco was violently attacked last May.

Sources: e-consulta (sp), Proceso (sp)

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  • BB

    Could be the last time this family ever visits Mexico. And don’t think they’ll even recommend it to their friends and acquaintances. Don’t they call this shooting yourself in the foot?

  • Mike S

    Random acts of criminality are the scariest. At least they were unharmed and there was some logic behind the perpetrators motives (money). Being on vacation in Las Vegas and attending a music concert and watching 60 people get their brains blown out in a matter of minutes for no reason whatsoever…now that’s scary.

    • Felipe_Calderoff

      Yeah, even scarier was the mass murder of 193 people by the Los Zetas drug cartel at La Joya ranch in the municipality of San Fernando, Tamaulipas, Mexico.

      • Mike S

        The drug war is abominable like most wars. Its causes are complex and so will be its solution. Bush/Cheney lied us into invading Iraq hoping to get their hands on the world’s 2nd largest undeveloped oil reserves and our high tech killing machine ended the lives of 100s of thousands. We murdered 2 million innocent civilians in Vietnam while defoliating the country. When will humans progress? I’m just happy that for now, the cartels are not interested in attacking American tourists and ex-pats. Were those 193 people mostly Central Americans or members of a rival cartel? What was their motive?

        • Felipe_Calderoff

          They were all Central Americans trying to get into the US, or bus passengers pulled off of buses for no reason other than to kill them. Mexico has far more psychopaths than the USA.

          • Mike S

            Meta scientific evidence shows the rates of true psychopathy (and schizophrenia) between whites, blacks, and browns are indistinguishable. Unlike sociopaths, psychopaths are difficult to identify before they commit heinous crimes. Organized crime often uses brutal means to send messages of fear thru-out society and to competitors. In a poorer societies such as Mexico and Central America, getting it under control is made almost impossible by the enormous lucrative drug profits available. Cops, wardens, judges, & politicians can be bought. Once organized crime gets a deep hold, containing it it is a much more difficult. In the big scheme of things, the 60,000 deaths from drug overdoses in the US in 2016 (plus 15,000 homicides) was far worse than the 20,000 homicides in Mexico of which 10,000 were drug-war related. Generally speaking, hard drug addiction in Mx is less than half of what it is in the US and I attribute that to stronger family ties & values although Mexican hard drug addiction has been growing in recent years along border states where there is more US influence. The US is a wealthy but miserable “dog eat dog” material, aggressive, racist society. US Big Pharma spawns most hard drug addiction and Mx rides that wave providing cheaper alternatives for lucrative profits. Organized crime in Mx seems to be moving into fuel, industrial theft, DVD pirating, kidnapping, protection rackets, human trafficking, just about anything outside the law where easy money can be made. So far, they very rarely target American tourists or retirees. The US press blows it up a lot bigger than it is. Hard drug addiction is an ugly plague the world over and solutions are difficult. I’m way off the subject of this robbery article which probably had nothing to do with drugs or organized crime. Simple muggings are not just a Mx phenomenon.

          • michael grosser

            Gee Ur soooo smart….got it all figured out. Thanks for sharing that with the class. Do you feel better now?

          • Mike S

            Knowledge scares you and is way over your head.

          • michael grosser

            Golly you really are smart! Psychic too. To know so much about someone you never met.
            That IS over my head…way over my head. I didn’t know “knowledge scares” me. I guess that explains everything. Thank you so much. It truly is an honor to chat with someone
            so enlightened, ascended and articulate as you. I am not worthy.

          • Mike S

            This is the comments section. Offer your opinion and give your reasoning for such. Dispute my opinions with logic and facts. Tell us about your 15 year experience and where you lived in Mexico and your assessment on the causes of violence and corruption. Do you have close Mexican friends that you discuss politics with? Do you speak passable Spanish? What role does US hard drug demand play? I have travel and lived in Mx too- for 50 years. Your comments seems void of any knowledge except to put me down as “regurgitating propaganda” ? Whose propaganda and why? Where does your anger for my opinions come from?

          • michael grosser

            I am not the one who is angry. What I am is very bored with you.
            So let’s make you feel better. I am an ignorant asshole and you are a very wise and wonderful person. NOW is that better or would you like to participate in some more mental masturbation? See, you win!!
            Yippiiie. Now go out and get a life.

          • Mike S

            You need to see a shrink.

          • michael grosser

            Ah my Dear Sophomoric Friend, to put it succinctly,your statistics and long winded disertations are meaningless. You are simply “regurgitating” that which the system has fed you. I am sorry that you taken the bait and have swollowed it hook, line and sinker. Yes I do speak “passable” but poor spanish it is the only language that I use on a daily basis. I doubt that my Mexican friends are “close” (except para mi novia)and we indeed do Not discuss politics. By now the kool aid has probably taken you away however I wish you well
            and no ill will. This is Michael Grosser signing off.

            “There are three kinds of lies. Lies, damn lies, and statistics” Mark Twain.

          • daniel pugh

            So because you pissed away your education you attack someone who has one. Got it.

          • michael grosser

            “experience is the only true source of knowledge” Al Einstein
            I have lived in Mexico full time for 15 yrs. You may regurgitate all the propaganda you wish. Grow up. Come back when you know WTF you are talking about. Thanks for the little sermonet. Crawl back onto your Ivory Tower and Have A Nice Day! ADIOS

          • daniel pugh

            I lived full time in Mazatlan for four yrs. and actually have Mexican friends of which I’m sure you have none arrogant boy.

          • michael grosser

            You know that do you? Why talk out of your bunghole and make such a fool out of yourself. Would you care to put some cash on your empty words and come to La Paz. I will cook dinner for you and you can meet some of my Mexican friends.

          • michael grosser

            So how about it Bitch, you wanna put your money where your cum catching mouth is? I will fly you out here, just bring a lot of money.
            Put up or shut the fuck up you puke. Signed “Arrogant Boy”

          • michael grosser

            That message is for you Daniel Pugh. Let’s have a little wager. Let’s go!
            Come on Baby Girl Daniel Pugh. I supply the ticket, you supply the CASH.! Let’s hear it…Come and meet some of my Mexican friends!
            Pesos or dollars it doesn’t matter cuz it gunna be mine. Bring it on!
            Signed “Arrogant Boy” I got your arrogance right here!

          • michael grosser

            Let’s go Danny Girl! This is “Arrogant Boy” Come on! Yes this is “Arrogant Boy” talking to you. “Arrogant Boy” wants you to put up or shut up!

          • michael grosser

            Danny Bitch, I don’t have all day for this. I am ready to pick you up at the La Paz airport. I will bring a couple of these friends you say I don’t have to help you with your luggage as well. Let’s go. Money talks and bullshit walks. Let’s go. Let’s go! Do you hear me cunt lips? This is “Arrogant Boy” I so want to meet you. I mean I really really want to meet. Please come and see me. It’s like you said I don’t have any Mexican friends. No problem. Come on. I am just a few miles away from the airport. I don’t hear you Danny Big Mouth please come
            I am so looking forward to meeting you. Now just what is our wager?
            Could it be that you are just a lily liver Puke…talking out his ass?
            Come on now, let’s settle this. Do you hear me DannyGirl?
            This is “Arrogant Boy” talking to you.

          • michael grosser

            Listen up Dipshit I want to see your scurvy ass here at the LP airport
            I am not going to waste my time with anymore of this sophomoric jerk off webpage I am at: greengrossser @msn.com. I want you to come here and put your money where your mouth is. Or won’t your mommie
            let you stay out late? Bring her too pukewad! Signed arrogant boy.

  • DreadFool

    Another Public Safety Success Story!

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