Spaniards Delorean have spoken for the first time about the kidnapping drama they endured in Mexico City earlier this week.
As we reported yesterday, the band were held hostage by kidnappers who posed as local police, who duped them into believing that they were in danger and said that they should move to a different hotel for security reasons. Once there, the kidnappers took the band's phones and called their family members with ransom demands. This has become known in the area as a "virtual kidnapping."
The band have now issued a statement about the incident: "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 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."
It goes on: "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 travellers do not fall victim in the future. This has been extremely difficult for all of 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."