Armed men kidnapped Yolanda Sánchez Figueroa, the mayor of the town of Cotija, Michoacán, Mexico. The kidnapping took place in the city of Zapopan, in the state of Jalisco, located about 200 kilometers northwest of the municipality where the official works, reported the Jalisco State Prosecutor's Office.
Some Mexican media report that the kidnapping is the work of an armed group of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG), but that information has not been confirmed by the authorities.
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According to the prosecution, the kidnapping occurred this Saturday afternoon, at the intersection of Patria Avenue and Gabrielle D'Annunzio Street, in the Jardines de La Patria neighborhood of Zapopan, a municipality located in the metropolitan area of Guadalajara.
Yolanda Sánchez Figueroa (Partido Acción Nacional) is mayor of the municipality of Cotija, Michoacán. Facebook—Yolanda Sánchez Figueroa
Sánchez and two other women who accompanied her were intercepted by the armed group when they were traveling in a taxi, after leaving a shopping center.
"Since it became aware, the Special Prosecutor's Office on Missing Persons deployed operations with investigative work in the cabinet and field, to find the whereabouts of the public official," the prosecutor's office said.
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The mayor of the National Action Party (PAN) had traveled to Guadalajaraon Friday, in the company of relatives, according to Mexican newspaper El Universal.
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The newspaper reported that Sanchez went to a medical appointment in the capital of Jalisco and then went shopping with the other two women at the Plaza Andares shopping center.
The kidnapping occurred between 6 and 7 p.m., when the taxi was intercepted by several motorcyclists and another vehicle. The two women who accompanied the official managed to escape, but the mayor was detained.
According to the report, Sánchez did not have bodyguards, even though she had been threatened by the Jalisco New Generation Cartel.
On Saturday, the Michoacan attorney general's office offered its Jalisco counterpart to collaborate "in the search for the official," and made investigators and technological resources available for the investigation, the entity said in a statement.