Apr 8, 2011, 7:44 AM
Post #12 of 24
Here is a similar story that was published in a small newspaper in Canada. I apologize for the formatting but this paper is not online and they did send me the PDF. This is very similar to the other Matamoros story. Some people are trying to say they were not sicarios but undercover cops. Nonsense. I think they are wanabees as real sicarios would have just shot these people.
Re: [robt65] Scary event for 2 Canadians in Matamoros
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Next time he’ll fly
Trucker outruns armed bandits
Alone on a deserted highway, suddenly con-fronted by armed bandits brandishing an automatic weapon—it’s every motorist’s worst nightmare.
The choices are so few—and they all look hopeless.
But Ste Anne trucker Dennis Wohlgemuth made his choice in an instant—and his quick thinking may have saved his life.
Returning home from a two-month stay in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico late last month, Wohlgemuth was just a half hour south of the U.S. border at Laredo, Texas when two young Mexican men in a large SUV pulled alongside his late model Mazda Tribute and motioned for him to pull over.
"Pulling over was not an option," Wohlgemuth said in describing his harrowing experience, adding his first thoughts were that these men were after his vehicle.
Within moments he also noticed a second vehicle closing in on him from some distance behind and realized he would have to act quickly if he wanted to escape.
A few seconds later the passenger in the Chevy Tahoe poked an automatic rifle out of the window—and Wohlgemuth acted.
He slammed on his brakes, watching the truck alongside him fly by and come to a stop diagonally in front of him. He frantically made a U-turn and managed to get by the second truck which had stopped well behind him.
His sudden move may have surprised the bandits. By the time they had turned both their vehicles around, he was well ahead and heading back south with the pedal pressed to the floor.
"When I saw the Texas plates on the first truck as it flew by, I knew they wanted my vehicle; they probably were not going to shoot or ram me because bullet holes or other damage would have made them too noticeable."
Wohlgemuth figures the vehicles were likely stolen in Mexico and the thieves now wanted another truck to avoid detection.
"I just kept my foot down, and gradually I seemed to be gaining on them, the speed limiter (set at the factory) on their trucks must have been set lower than mine."
(A check of his GPS unit later showed he had been travelling at 167 km/h, or just under 104 miles per hour.)
He knew he had just a few miles to go before returning to the Mexican checkpoint he had passed only minutes earlier, a secondary station used mainly to scrutinize traffic entering the country and where travellers are routinely waved through on their way north.
However, while he said it seemed the police and soldiers at the checkpoint seemed quite willing to go after the bandits, the time lost overcoming the language barrier made pursuit impractical.
After giving himself some time at the checkpoint to calm down ("My legs felt like rubber when I got out of the car.") Wohlgemuth took another route to Laredo after learning his choice of highway leading to the Colombia Bridge at the border, one usually considered safe, had lately been listed as dangerous for motorists.
Next winter Wohlgemuth wants to go back to his favorite spot in Puerto Vallarta, where he has been spending part of the winter for years and is sometimes joined by his brother Burton for several weeks, but his days of running the gauntlet of Mexican highways are over.
"Next time I’m flying," he declared.
by Peter Dyck
PETER DYCK • THE CARILLON
Dennis Wohlgemuth’s quick action on a Mexican highway in his Mazda Tribute may have saved his life.