Mexican footballer overpowers kidnapper


May 31, 2016
file Mexico's Alan Pulido (left) consoles teammate Javier Hernandez (14) after the Netherlands defeated Mexico 2-1 during World Cup 2014 in Fortaleza, Brazil.


About 24 hours after he was kidnapped, Mexican football star Alan Pulido found himself alone with one of his captors and saw his chance. He wrestled away the man's pistol and his cell phone and dialled 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 the 25-year-old forward for Olympiakos in the Greek league threatened and beat his captor while on the phone, demanding to be told where they were.

The dramatic account of derring-do shows that Pulido listed at 5-foot-9 and about 150 pounds was the main actor in his own liberation, a contrast with initial official accounts of a rescue by police.

On a first call, with the kidnapper overpowered, Pulido peered out of a window and described the white two-storey house with two cars, grey and red, parked in front.

In the next call, Pulido told the operator that state police had arrived outside. The operator told him to fire the pistol so they would know they were in the right spot, but Pulido said he had no bullets. He said police themselves were starting to shoot and described his shorts and tank top so they wouldn't confuse him with the now-unconscious captor.

Once police arrived, he made a third call to confirm with the operator that they were trustworthy.

Tamaulipas state Attorney General Ismael Quintanilla had said at a news conference that emergency services received Pulido's call for help after midnight Sunday due to "a careless act by his captors."

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