US tour dates cancelled as group recover from what Mexican police brand a "Virtual kidnapping"
Spanish band Delorean have spoken for the first time after being the victims of kidnap in Mexico City.
The group were taken hostage by kidnappers posing as local police this Sunday (October 6) after being told they were unsafe at their current hotel in Mexico City and should move. At the new hotel, the band had their mobile phones confiscated and the kidnappers called each band member’s family to demand a ransom of 5 million pesos (£240,000) each.
The band have now issued a statement about their ordeal, which reads: “On Monday morning October 7th we received a phone call at our hotel room in Mexico City from a person posing as a hotel security officer. We were informed that there was a security threat at the hotel. What followed for the next 30 hours was an experience where the threat of death was real due to the psychological manipulation inflicted on us by our kidnappers. Thanks to the fantastic work of the National Police in Spain, Ertzantza , Interpol and the Federal Police in Mexico, we were successfully rescued yesterday morning.”
The statement continues, “While it would be convenient to blame Mexico, that would not be sound. This could have occurred anywhere in the world. Our hope is that this situation will bring attention to the abuse that we were subjected to by our kidnappers, so that other travelers do not fall victim in the future. This has been extremely difficult for us and our families. At this time we have no further comment and we ask that you respect our privacy so that we can return to normality in our lives.”
Spanish newspaper El Pais previously reported that Delorean were never in any real danger and simply became victims of a well-known Mexican scam known as “virtual kidnapping”, in which family members are tricked into thinking their loved ones are at risk when really they are not.
Public security expert Samuel González told El Pais: “It is a form of extortion. They call the victims and tell them that if they don’t hole up in their hotel, for instance, that they’ll hurt them. They tell them to turn off their mobile phone, and then they call their families to say that they’ve been kidnapped. It’s a trick, but it works.”
Delorean have now postponed the start of their US tour and will return to the road on October 14 for a gig at 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis. Last night’s (October 9) gig in Seattle was cancelled as are shows in Portland and Vancouver scheduled for tonight and tomorrow night respectively.