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Colombian police arrest gang who 'murdered Brit tourist' by using 'pretty' honeytraps

by: Ryan Fahey
Posted: Jan 14, 2024

Colombian police say they have smashed a criminal gang accused of the murder of a British tourist which used pretty women as bait to kidnap and rob their victims.

Fourteen people including four minors have been arrested following a long-running investigation by detectives probing a wave of violent attacks on foreigners in the cities of Medellin and Cartagena. Kyle Alexander MacKenzie, 34, died in hospital in March after being found critically injured at a mountain viewpoint overlooking Medellin two days after disappearing.

Reports at the time said he was believed to have been hit over the head with the butt of a gun by muggers who stole his belongings after he hiked to the Hill of Three Crosses, which offers breathtaking views of Medellin. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office confirmed in a statement after news of his murder emerged that they were supporting the family of a British man who had died in Colombia.

Overnight Colombian police confirmed the arrests of 14 people belonging to a gang they blamed for Mr MacKenzie’s violent death who they said had been operating for two years and specialised in using women as bait to rob victims during so-called “quickie kidnaps.” Detectives said the men would arrange to meet up with attractive women through dating apps like Tinder and social media before being taken hostage after getting into minicabs driven by armed gang accomplices.

A regional police spokesman said: “The first driver would threaten the victim with a firearm. A few blocks away another car would appear and the criminals would threaten and assault the foreign men targeted to try to obtain the passwords to their online banking and bitcoin accounts as well as the PIN numbers for their debit and credit cards.”

Police said Mr MacKenzie’s homicide had been solved as a result of the investigation. “The capture of these individuals represents a significant advance in the fight against kidnaps and robberies in the region, making it safer for residents and foreign visitors,” the police spokesman said.

Reports shortly after Mr MacKenzie died said police in Medellin had rescued a 36-year-old Israeli man who had been kidnapped by a group of men after arranging to meet a woman via the Tinder dating app. Traffic cops stopped the car the group were in and arrested three men aged 21 to 26 after seeing it being driven erratically.

Police said the Israeli national was a holidaymaker who had arranged to go out for dinner with his Tinder date before she called a cab to pick them up after their meal finished. As well as making 14 arrests, police investigating the kidnap gang have seized cash, six cars and four motorbikes, 23 mobiles and a number of foreign bank cards. Further arrests have not been ruled out.

The British man killed is understood to have been on an extended holiday when he was killed. He was taken to a nearby health centre before being rushed to Medellin’s General Hospital where he died despite life-saving surgery, just before midday local time on March 1.

He reportedly managed to tell medics he had been attacked and mugged by three men who stole all his belongings before he lost his fight for life. He was described at the time as the first foreign person to have been murdered in Medellin so far this year, following 10 murders of foreigners last year in the city.

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