This is why my dander is way up over the illegal immigration issue. In the space of a week, it’s happened again…
AZCENTRAL.COM – Gunmen kidnap 5 in vehicle near I-10
Five people were kidnapped early Sunday when three armed men hijacked the van they were traveling in with two other people at a stoplight at South 50th Street and East Ray Road in Ahwatukee.
Phoenix police are investigating the incident, which has similarities to recent attacks in the southeast Valley and southern Arizona. In some of those incidents, undocumented immigrants have been kidnapped or killed after being forced off the road by their attackers.
I freakin’ live in Ahwatukee. We drive the streets on which these violent incidents are happening every day.
More from the article…
String of attacks
Police do not know if the Sunday kidnapping is connected to these recent attacks on undocumented immigrants. The attacks are similar but have not been linked:
â€¢ Sunday: Five people – two Hispanic males and three Hispanic females – were kidnapped after the van they were riding in was approached by three gunmen near East Ray Road and South 50th Street. Two other people were able to exit the van before one of the gunmen stole the van and headed west on Interstate 10. Police do not know if the victims are undocumented.
â€¢ Wednesday: Jose Guzman, an undocumented immigrant in his early 20s, was kidnapped by gunmen after the car he was driving, with five passengers in it, was forced onto the shoulder of Loop 202 in Chandler by two trucks. Guzman was taken in one of the trucks, and one of the gunmen tried unsuccessfully to steal the car with the victims in it.
â€¢ Feb. 8: A 15-year-old girl and two men, riding in a pickup truck carrying undocumented immigrants, were killed north of Tucson when four gunmen opened fire on the pickup truck.
â€¢ Feb. 7: Four armed men robbed undocumented immigrants at gunpoint near the border at Sasabe.
â€¢ Jan 27: An Eloy man driving a truck carrying undocumented immigrants was shot and killed near an Eloy farm field after four men carrying assault rifles opened fire. The suspects also shot a 19-year-old man from Oaxaca, Mexico.
The Sunday and Wednesday incidents occured just minutes from my home…and I live in a (purportedly) very nice area. Somebody in a position of authority and accountability better get a grip on this situation before more people are killed.