A Illinois man says he may never return to see his extended family in his native Mexico after a gang beat and shot him three times while he was there on a Christmas vacation.
José Luis Gutiérrez spoke out for the first time this week about his nightmarish road trip in the western state of Jalisco, where he was celebrating with his relatives.
The married father-of-three was driving with his 19-year-old daughter, Sofía Gutiérrez, and his 81-year-old father, José de Jesús Gutiérrez, when they stopped on the side the road in the north-central state of Zacatecas to rest on the night of December 23.
They were then attacked by a group of about five or six men.
One of the suspects forced him out of the car at gunpoint and placed the gun over his ear and then led him inside the gang’s vehicle, where another man aimed his weapon.
‘They told me to get down and I got down and I went around the car and then one of them placed a weapon behind my ear,’ José Luis said in an interview with NBC 5 Chicago via Skype from Texas.
Illinois resident José Luis Gutiérrez spoke out for the first time this week after a group of men attacked him and shot him three times on a remote road in Zacatecas, Mexico, on December 23
José Luis Gutiérrez took a gun away from one of his captors and used another as a shield before he was shot during an ambush in Mexico on December 23
José Luis Gutiérrez was severely beaten and shot in the hip and twice in the leg during a violent ambush in the state of Zacatecas on December 23. Mexican authorities later found him in the middle of the road (above)
The suspects then drove José Luis, who lives in the Chicago suburb of Aurora, about 200 feet down the road and contemplated killing him while he tried to bargain with his captors.
‘Tell me what you want, I can help you,’ he said he begged them.
One the kidnappers then ordered him ‘to the floor.’
He then heard one chant ‘kill him, kill him’, while another disagreed saying, ‘I won’t kill him here because it will stain the car with blood and then how are we going to clean it?’
José Luis, who works as a landscaper, put up a struggle with the kidnappers. He gained control of a gun that was placed on his head and threw it to the ground.
The victim then grabbed one of the abductors and used him for cover. The gunman fired, hitting him in the hip and twice in the leg.
Mexican authorities later found José Luis Gutiérrez in the middle of the road in Zacatecas on December 23. He was airlifted to a nearby hospital for treatment and then transferred to a hospital in Laredo, Texas, on January 2
The gang also attacked 19-year-old daughter Sofía Gutiérrez and her 81-year-old grandfather, José de Jesús Gutiérrez
His family say José Luis was driving slowly because he was getting tired when the SUV with the group of assailants cut them off and cornered them.
They opened the doors and started hitting José Luis’s daughter and father.
He was attacked when he tried to protect his family in the remote road.
All of their possessions, including their American passports, were stolen in the ambush.
Mexican authorities later found José Luis in the middle of the road.
José Luis Gutiérrez is now recuperating in Dallas, Texas, before he can return to his home in Aurora, a suburb of Chicago
Gutiérrez, who lives in the Chicago suburb of Aurora, where he works as a landscaper, was en route to the western state of Jalisco to spend Christmas with relatives when he was nearly killed by a gang during a roadside ambush in the north-central state of Zacatecas
He was airlifted to a nearby hospital for treatment.
According to NBC affiliate KGNS TV, the League of United Latin American Citizens assisted the family with the necessary paperwork to transfer José Luis to a medical facility Laredo, Texas, on January 2.
He is now in Dallas receiving treatment before he is permitted to return to his home.
Guiterrez’s daughter and father didn’t suffer any serious injuries in the ambush.
‘My daughter had a nervous shock, she got really scared. And my father-in-law is older,’ then said Alejandra Gutiérrez, José Luis’ wife.
‘I am worried about the three of them.’