Horrifying Moment Four Americans are Kidnapped After Crossing US-Mexico Border

Distressing  video footage captured the terrifying  moment four Americans were loaded into the flatbed of a pickup truck after they were fired at and abducted in Mexico.

The victims, whose names have not been disclosed, were attacked by a group of gunmen minutes after they had driven into the border city of Matamoros on Friday.

The FBI said the group entered Matamoros through Brownsville, Texas. They had travelled in a white minivan with North Carolina license plates.


Four Americans are forced to the ground after their vehicle was shot at by kidnappers moments after they drove into the Mexican border city of Matamoros on Friday. The FBI is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to their whereabouts


A gunman acts as a lookout for his cohorts moments after they attacked a mini van with four American occupants and kidnapped them in the northeastern Mexican border city of Matamoros on Friday

The footage shows one of the gunmen escorting a woman to the pickup truck and demanding her to sit on the flatbed. Meanwhile, his accomplice is dragging a man across the pavement before two other male victims are dumped in the  vehicle.



A map highlighting the six of 32 Mexican states that the US State Department currently has listed under its most severe ‘do not travel’ category, due to local cartels that may rob and/or kidnap American tourists.

The vehicle came under fire shortly after entering Mexican territory, according to an investigation being done by the San Antonio FBI office.

All four Americans were placed in a vehicle and taken from the scene by armed men,’ said the office.

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The FBI is offering a $50,000 reward for the return of the victims and the capture of the criminals.

Shootouts between gangs in Matamoros have become so dangerous that the U.S. Consulate issued a caution about the threat on Friday.

Tamaulipas state police said people had been murdered and injured Friday, but did not say how many.

Matamoros is located in one of the six Mexican states the U.S. Department of State currently has listed under its most severe ‘do not travel’ category, due to local cartels that may rob and/or abduct American tourists.

At least 1,271 people were kidnapped in Mexico in 2022, according to Alto al Secuestro, an organization that issues support for victims of kidnappings.



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Ella Ford is a mother of two, a Christian conservative writer with degrees in American History, Social and Behavioral Science and Liberal Studies, based in the Tulsa, Oklahoma area.


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