Security Message for U.S. Citizens in Caracas: Kidnapping in Valle Arriba on October 22

The U.S. Embassy in Caracas would like to inform all U.S. citizens in Venezuela that a kidnapping occurred the evening of Sunday, October 22, 2017 at approximately 8:00 PM on the Carretera Vieja de Baruta near the Centro Comercial Valle Arriba. As always, the Embassy encourages all U.S. citizens living in and traveling through Venezuela to remain vigilant at all times and to practice good personal security.

On October 22, 2017, at approximately 8:00 PM, four armed men kidnapped a male subject near the Valle Arriba Golf Club on the Carretera Vieja de Baruta. Four males intercepted the victim while driving along this road and kidnapped him at gunpoint, then took him to an undisclosed location. This event has all the trademarks of an “Express Kidnapping.”

U.S. citizens are urged to review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news and media stations for situational updates. U.S. citizens in all parts of Venezuela are urged to maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.

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