Colombian police foil apparent kidnapping of Israeli tourist lured by Tinder date


An Israeli tourist in Colombia was rescued by police from an alleged kidnapping attempt after meeting a woman he met on the dating app Tinder.

Colombian police said the 36-year-old man met the woman on Friday in a restaurant in the city of Medellin. Afterwards, the Israeli man took her outside, where he believed they would be waiting for a taxi.

Instead, the alleged accomplice dragged the women up in a car. The tourist followed the woman into the vehicle, where he was then struck and forcibly taken, according to police.

Police said they became aware of the incident after receiving a report of dangerous driving. They managed to stop the vehicle at a road block, where the Israelis got out of the back seat and were told it had been hit and stolen.

The police arrested the three other men who were in the vehicle, aged 21, 24 and 26. It was not clear where the woman was.

The Israeli was taken to the hospital to be treated for his injuries. There was no word on his condition.

Police said the vehicle’s license plates matched those in the suspected murder of Alexander Mackenzie, a Swedish tourist who was found dead earlier this year.

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