Canadian Volunteers Beaten in Nicaraguan Robbery
Managua - Three volunteers from Coldstream, British Columbia, say they were kidnapped, beaten and robbed in the capital of Nicaragua on Tuesday.
Speaking from his home in Coldstream, Tim Bachman says his wife Deb has visited Nicaragua many times as a volunteer but never experienced anything like this and is shaken.
"I talked to the wife this morning and she's a little bit bruised, sore, but doing better — a lot better. They're all safe and sound now," he said.
On her Facebook page, Bachman wrote: "We were kidnapped held and beaten. Everything taken."
Bachman said she was badly bruised and may have two broken ribs, but writes, "Thank you God for sparing my life."
Bachman was volunteering at the Fuente de Vida Foundation orphanage in Nicaragua with Gord and Chery Wiles, neighbours from back home.
The incident happened shortly after a taxi near Managua picked up the trio. Bachman said shortly afterwards another man got in the cab and held a knife to the Canadians' throats demanding their cameras, cash, bankcards and PINs.
Gord Wiles was beaten with a wrench and suffered facial and possible spinal injuries.
Bachman said the police told her the robbery was a set-up and there have been similar attacks targeting other foreigners. She is now trying to arrange a flight home, her husband said.
Managua is a dangerous place. my mom family live there, i know very well that city, and is the last place that i can choose to live
Take a taxi with out knowing the driver or out of a safe place is dangerous and a big mistake.
We already have talking here about the safe measures to take a taxi, best choice: use a well know driver or ask somebody else to call a taxi they know. Or take it in a safe place and notify (call) to somebody else that you are boarding that car and provide the Taxi ID,