Tuesday, December 16, 2008

It's Like Rain On Your Wedding Day

And so bad for business.

A U.S. kidnapping consultant was seized by armed men in northern Mexico amid the country's wave of abductions, his employer said Monday.

Felix Batista, 55, a hostage negotiator who offers seminars on handling abductions, disappeared Wednesday in the border state of Coahuila, said Charlie LeBlanc, president of ASI Global, a Houston-based security firm.

LeBlanc said Batista was in Saltillo, the state capital, on personal business and not on assignment for the company. Batista was at a restaurant when, according to witnesses, "armed men came out of an SUV and threw him into the SUV and left," LeBlanc said by telephone.

You can read ASI Global's "Tips on Kidnap Avoidance" here. Imagine the ribbing this guy is going to get at the next anti-kidnapping conference.

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