PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Mexican officials believe Iván Archivaldo Guzman, son of drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, is one of at least six people abducted from a restaurant in resort town of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
Jalisco State Attorney General Eduardo Almaguer told Radio Formula that the number believed to have been kidnapped from the popular La Leche restaurant was decreased from at least 10 to six people.
Among those kidnapped by at least seven heavily armed gunmen could possibly have been Guzman’s son. Almaguer said that an initial investigation shows the Sinaloa Cartel leader’s son may have been taken.
“There is this presumption in that regard,” Almaguer said, citing witness testimony and analysis of the property of victims including vehicles.
The incident occurred at about 1 a.m. on Monday at the restaurant which is near the town’s tourist attractions.
Police believe four women were either let go or escaped from the kidnappers. Jalisco state police are trying to locate them.
Almaguer emphasized the incident involved rival gangs and not tourists.
“We want to stress that there is a very clear presumption that this had to do with a criminal group, it didn’t involve tourists or citizens who were involved in legitimate activities,” Almaguer said at press conference.