An Alaska woman who escaped her kidnappers in Mexico says police are now looking for those who held her captive. This post combines two separate stories from KTUU Channel 2 Anchorage, the first on October 7th, and the most current on October 8th, 2006.
Officials say 46-year old Tammy May Griffin was kidnapped by gunpoint from her Mexican vacation home Thursday night (October 5th) and escaped early Friday morning. Griffin told KTUU that she was taking a nap Thursday night when she heard her husband, Michael Griffin (both pictured above left), yelling that they're being robbed. She said that's when a gunman came into the bedroom and ordered her to go to the living room. They pointed a gun at her husband's head, tied him up and blindfolded him.
After going through the house and taking valuables, Griffin said the kidnappers claimed they didn't have enough and then decided to kidnap her for $3 million in ransom. Using the couple's rental Jeep, they took her out to the countryside. The kidnappers held her captive for approximately five hours. She said she escaped after they fell asleep. However, she is remaining in Mexico and working with law enforcement authorities to catch the kidanppers and obtain justice (as if it's possible to obtain "justice" in Mexico, LOL).
“What I want is to help catch them. That is my focus. You know, that is what I'm focusing on, is trying to do everything I can do help them capture these guys. So they can put them away and we can put this behind us. It's not behind me yet,” said Griffin.
“She has her wits about her and they really underestimated this red-head from Alaska, you know, definitely,” said Amanda Aguilar, daughter of Tammy Griffin.
Griffin's children says they're relieved their mom is OK. They said they didn't know she was kidnapped until she had already escaped. Griffin says police are at the house right now checking for fingerprints and other clues. She plans to go back with them tomorrow (Monday) to return to the area where they held her captive. She says even though it was dark, she has a pretty good idea of the location.
The Griffins are building a vacation house in a Mexican tourist resort near Zihuatanejo. Tammy Griffin serves as Alaska Region Director of Operations for The Hotel Group organization, which operates seven hotels in Alaska, to include the Comfort Inn Chena River in Fairbanks, the Holiday Inn Express in Seward, and five in Anchorage, including the Holiday Inn Express, the Microtel Inn, the Comfort Inn Ship Creek, Motel 6, and Fairfield Inn & Suites.
Commentary: Why any patriotic American would want to visit Mexico or build a home there considering the danger to Americans and Mexico's willingness to dump their surplus mestizo population on us is beyond me. The U.S. State Department earlier recognized the danger to Americans in Mexico and issued a travel advisory back on September 15th of this year, which is still valid:
STATE DEPARTMENT TRAVEL ADVISORY
This information is current as of today, Sunday October 08 23:25:00 2006.
September 15, 2006
This Public Announcement alerts U.S. citizens to the rising level of brutal violence in areas of Mexico. This violence has occurred throughout Mexico, but has been particularly persistent in the city of Nuevo Laredo within the state of Tamaulipas. This Public Announcement expires on March 15, 2007.
U.S. citizens residing and traveling in Mexico should exercise extreme caution when in unfamiliar areas and be aware of their surroundings at all times. Public sources suggest that narcotics-related violence has claimed 1,500 lives in Mexico this year. In recent months there have been execution-style murders of Mexican and U.S. citizens in Tamaulipas (particularly Nuevo Laredo), Michoacan, Baja California, Guerrero, and other states. U.S. citizens have also been victims of random shootings on major highways outside of Mexico City, Nuevo Laredo, Tijuana, and other areas throughout Mexico. In recent years, dozens of U.S. citizens have been kidnapped in Nuevo Laredo, with more than two dozen cases still unresolved; recent incidents indicate a possible resurgence of kidnappings for ransom (the remainder of the advisory can be viewed on the website).
Boy, did they call it! Give the State Department credit for being one of the few Federal agencies doing its job. Not only do we need to avoid unnecessary travel to Mexico, but we should avoid buying any products manufactured in Mexico whenever possible. Mexico deserves NO AMERICAN SUPPORT!
Tags: kidnapping , Alaska , brrreeeport , Mexico , State Department , immigration