Violent kidnapping of four Americans in Mexico caught on camera, FBI issues reward for their return

The latest reminder that Mexico can be a dangerous place for Americans played out late last week with the apparent kidnapping of four U.S. citizens.

The U.S. Embassy in Mexico City announced over the weekend that the FBI is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying those responsible for the assault and kidnapping of four American citizens, in Matamoros, Tamaulipas — which is located along the Rio Grande across from Brownsville, Texas.

According to a press release, the Americans were last seen on Friday, March 03, when they crossed the border into Mexico in a white minivan. The vehicle reportedly came under fire shortly thereafter, resulting in the four U.S. citizens being taken away in another vehicle.

“On March 03, 2023, four Americans crossed into Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico driving a white minivan with North Carolina license plates. Shortly after crossing into Mexico, unidentified gunmen fired upon the passengers in the vehicle. All four Americans were placed in a vehicle and taken from the scene by armed men,” the embassy said.

CBS News shared video of the incident showing what appears to be a black woman being loaded into the back of a pickup truck, before three males who were possibly injured being dragged to the bed of the truck.

The FBI is announcing a reward of $50,000 for the return of the victims and the arrest of those involved in their kidnapping — the public is instructed to call FBI San Antonio Division at 210-225-6741 with any information. Tips can also be submitted online at

As one social media user noted, the State Department issued a travel advisory impacting Tamaulipas, “due to crime and kidnapping.”

Kidnapping is an industry all its own in Mexico. Issued on Oct. 5, 2022, the State Department advisory states:

Violent crime – such as homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery – is widespread and common in Mexico. The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in many areas of Mexico, as travel by U.S. government employees to certain areas is prohibited or restricted.

U.S. citizens are advised to adhere to restrictions on U.S. government employee travel. State-specific restrictions are included in the individual state advisories below. U.S. government employees may not travel between cities after dark, may not hail taxis on the street, and must rely on dispatched vehicles, including app-based services like Uber, and regulated taxi stands. U.S. government employees should avoid traveling alone, especially in remote areas. U.S. government employees may not drive from the U.S.-Mexico border to or from the interior parts of Mexico, except daytime travel within Baja California and between Nogales and Hermosillo on Mexican Federal Highway 15D, and between Nuevo Laredo and Monterrey on Highway 85D.


The drug cartels control much of the border area, their military strength being comparable to Mexican government troops. Illegal immigrants being enticed to the U.S. border by Democrats must traverse this landscape and some pay with their lives. Women and young girls are frequently raped and often fall prey to human trafficking. Many more fall into debt to the ruthless cartels who charge fees to cross into the U.S., working under slave-like conditions in the U.S. to pay off the debt.

The ensuing humanitarian catastrophe is routinely ignored by the agenda-driven U.S. media.

As for the responses online, it’s clear the FBI has some rehabbing to do when it comes to the bureau’s image. Here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story from  Twitter:


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