Frantic moment Mexican judge runs for his life from kidnappers

Frantic moment Mexican judge runs for his life from kidnappers who pull up outside his home with guns

  • Mexican judge Sergio Avilés was abducted in Chatumal, Quintana Roo, late Monday night
  • The 42-year-old had just parked his vehicle in front of his home when he was intercepted by two men and led them on a chase before he was forced in a SUV
  • Avilés was released by his captors and returned home two hours after the incident; he was beaten, but his injuries were non-life-threatening 

This is the frightening moment a judge was kidnapped at gunpoint outside his home in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo before he was released two hours later.

Judge Sergio Avilés had just stepped out of his vehicle and was removing an object from the front passenger seat when he was approached by a man Monday night in the municipality of Chatumal, about five hours south of Cancún.

A surveillance video showed the 42-year-old judge running away and tossing a shirt he was carrying to the ground while one of his would-be captors chased after him. 

The suspect aimed his firearm at Avilés without firing a single shot before the judge tripped and fell to the ground.

Judge Sergio Avilés was kidnapped in front of his home in Quintana Roo, Mexico, on Monday night. The 42-year-old was released by his captors about two hours after the incident. He was beaten and received medical attention at a local hospital

Mexican judge Sergio Avilés (top left) runs away from one of his would-be abductors in front of his home in the Quintana Roo city of Chatumal

Avilés was immediately surrounded by both suspects as their accomplice put their vehicle in reverse before they forced him inside. 

Moments later, one of the kidnappers ran back to the magistrate’s SUV where he searched for an item, although it’s unknown if he removed anything. 

The suspect then rejoined his cohorts to flee the scene.

The Quintana Roo State Public Security Ministry said in a statement that Avilés made it back on his own to his residence shortly after midnight and was ‘safe and sound.’

He was beaten by his captors, but his injuries were non-life-threatening. He was taken to a medical facility for an evaluation.

Judge Sergio Avilés (left) is approached by one of the kidnappers (right) Monday night

One of the kidnappers aims his gun but does not fire as he chased after Mexican judge Sergio Avilés

Avilés, who serves as the director for the Quintana Roo Electoral Court, attended the conference for the Electoral Political Rights of the LGBTTTIQ Community prior to his abduction, according to his social media feed.

The kidnappers remained on the run as of Tuesday.

Avilés has not made any public statements regarding the incident.

The latest government figures show that at least 420 abductions were reported between January and May in Mexico. 

Aviles’ kidnapping would be the first reported all year in Quintana Roo.

In April, as many as 150 people from the Indigenous community of Nurio stormed the city hall in the municipality of Paracho, Michoacán, and abducted Mayor Eric Padilla and councilman Noé Zapata.

The group took Padilla and Zapata by force after they refused to increase the self-governed community’s budget for fiscal year 2023. Security forces eventually rescued the pair without incident.

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