A recently engaged couple from Florida were kidnapped at gunpoint, robbed and severely beaten on a trip to Mexico when they were supposed to be looking at wedding venues.
Frank and Jennifer Massabki said they were lucky to survive and are still reeling from the terrifying ordeal in Mexico City in May last year.
Jennifer, who was almost raped by one of their attackers, suffered a broken nose in the ordeal and had to undergo emergency surgery in a US hospital days later.
Horrifying photos show them sitting at a police station in their blood-soaked clothes soon after they managed to escape.
Frank and Jennifer Massabki said they are still reeling from the terrifying ordeal in Mexico City in May last year when they were kidnapped and beaten. They are pictured above in a local police station soon after they broke free
The couple from Miami Beach told MarketWatch that they had rented a car from a US company in Mexico City and had been driving for an hour when a car rear-ended them.
Two armed men got out of the car and took them hostage as they blindfolded Frank and demanded they remove all their jewelry.
They were taken to a second location where the assailants demanded to know who they should call in America for a ransom.
Jennifer said one of the men told her in Spanish: ‘This is going to get a lot worse for you.’
The couple were held hostage for several hours where they were violently beaten.
When one of the men tried to rape Jennifer, she attacked him and caused a distraction so Frank could free himself and run to find the police.
Jennifer, who was almost raped by one of their attackers, suffered a broken nose in the ordeal and had to undergo emergency surgery in a US hospital days later
The Florida couple had just gotten engaged and were flying to Mexico City (above in the airport) to scout potential wedding locations for later that year
Jennifer said the attackers tied her up when they went to find Frank but she was also able to break free. She climbed up a 20 foot tree and hid in the branches for hours until Frank returned with police.
They said they believe they were able to escape because they were fit enough to run away and could speak Spanish so they were able to understand what the attackers were saying.
The couple, who got married late last year, ended up filing a police report and flew back to the US for medical treatment.
‘We just want other people to know these dangers exist,’ Frank said.
‘We were lucky to escape, and if our story can prevent one other person from going through what we went through, and what we almost had to go through, it would be worth it.’
The couple from Miami Beach said that they had rented a car from a US company in Mexico City and had been driving for an hour when a car rear-ended them