The Mexican Police are making progress in unraveling those behind Alan Pulido kidnapping as authorities have announced that the alleged mastermind was arrested after a shootout with police — and that the suspect is part of Pulido’s extended family.
The suspect, Osvaldo Velazquez, was wounded but expected to live after firing at police, according to Ismael Quintanilla, the attorney general of the northern state of Tamaulipas. Velazquez is married to a cousin of Pulido and accused of belonging to a local criminal gang.
Pulido, a Mexican star who plays for Olympiakos in the Greek league, was kidnapped after leaving a party near Ciudad Victoria last week and escaped after overpowering one of his captors and calling for help. That man, Daniel Morales, tipped police off to the location of Velazquez.
About 24 hours after he was kidnapped, Pulido found himself alone with one of his captors and saw his chance. He wrestled away the man’s pistol and his mobile phone and dialed Mexico’s emergency number. Within minutes, he was free.
An official summary report of three calls to an emergency operator obtained by The Associated Press shows that the 25-year-old forward threatened and beat his captor while on the phone, demanding to be told where they were.
The dramatic account shows that Pulido was his own savior, in contrast to initial official accounts of his rescue by police.