Over the weekend, details emerged on the kidnapping of Olimpiakos’ player Alan Pulido. The 5’7-150 pound Mexican soccer star managed to free himself after being left alone with one of his captors.
About 24 hours after he was kidnapped, Mexico star Alan Pulido found himself alone with one of his captors and saw his chance. He wrestled away the man’s pistol and his cellphone and dialed Mexico’s emergency number.
Within minutes, he was free.
An official summary report of three calls to an emergency operator obtained by the Associated Press shows the 25-year-old forward for Olympiakos in the Greek league threatened and beat his captor while on the phone, demanding to be told where they were.
Once getting his captor in check, Puildo continued to move like Jason Bourne to free himself.
On a first call, with the kidnapper overpowered, Pulido peered out of a window and described the white two-story house with two cars, grey and red, parked in front.
In the next call, Pulido told the operator that state police had arrived outside. The operator told him to fire the pistol so they would know they were in the right spot, but Pulido said he had no bullets. He said police themselves were starting to shoot and described his shorts and tank top so they wouldn’t confuse him with the now-unconscious captor.
Once police arrived, he made a third call to confirm with the operator that they were trustworthy.
Tamaulipas state Attorney General Ismael Quintanilla had said at a news conference that emergency services received Pulido’s call for help after midnight Sunday due to “a careless act by his captors.”
In a later interview with Imagen Radio, Quintanilla confirmed that Pulido had forcibly seized the phone from his captor.
“There was an exchange of punches between them,” Quintanilla said, though he did not mention the pistol.
Quintanilla said Pulido cut his wrist when he broke a window trying to escape.
Pulido was nabbed by four armed people on a highway while returning from a party at about 11:30p.m. on Saturday. His girlfriend, who was not taken, alerted others.
After he was safe, Pulido posted on Twitter; “muchas gracias a todos por su oracion;” thanks to all of you for your prayers.