Spanish YouTuber says he was stabbed in the leg by a drug dealer in Tulum
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A Spanish YouTuber says he was stabbed in the leg by a drug dealer while on vacation in Tulum. The 21-year-old Spaniard shared details of the chilling altercation on his social media accounts. Tulum, a popular resort town in southern Quintana Roo, has drawn worldwide attention in recent months to rising crime rates.
The 21-year-old Spaniard was on holiday in Tulum with friends when the shocking incident happened. According to the YouTuber, the group was enjoying their day at a popular beach in Tulum when a drug dealer approached them and attempted to sell them illicit substances. After refusing to buy drugs from the criminal, the dealer became enraged and a heated argument ensued between the criminal and the travellers.
After the verbal fight broke out, the victim and his friends attempted to leave the beach in an attempt to avoid the drug dealer. However, the criminal, who was carrying a sharp weapon, followed the group, who were trying to reach a nearby restaurant. The chilling ordeal came to a dramatic end when the drug dealer pulled out a knife and stabbed the Spanish YouTuber in the leg before he could reach the restaurant.
Fortunately, the visitor was not alone at the time and his friends, presumably also Spanish, were able to help the injured tourist. When the fight broke out, his friends first tried to intervene, but the attacker was extremely aggressive and threatening. The drug dealer also physically assaulted a member of the entourage before finally going after the YouTuber.
The victim was stabbed once in the left leg and was able to prevent the second stab wound to the abdomen. Fortunately, the attack did not result in life-threatening injuries and the victim was quickly transported to a nearby hospital, where he received medical attention.
On his social media accounts, the YouTuber said his vacation was completely ruined, although he did nothing to deserve the predicament. The victim insists that throughout the altercation he was simply trying to calm the attacker down. On his Twitter page, the Spanish visitor shared a photo of his injuries at a local hospital, where he is receiving medical supervision.
The attack happened in Tulum, one of the most popular resort destinations in the Mexican Caribbean. Located about 130 kilometers south of Cancun, Tulum is best known for its ancient Mayan ruins and pristine beaches. In recent months, the city has also been in the news for a much more sinister reason: soaring crime rates. In a recent incident, bodies were found in the hotel zone of Tulum, shocking tourists to the area.
Most of the high profile incidents occur due to fights between different organized crime groups. Over the summer, the federal government deployed more troops to places in the Mexican Caribbean to protect tourists, including Tulum. Even though the season is already over, there are still thousands of armed guards from the Mexican army as well as the National Guard, a specialized body created in 2019 to fight organized crime in the country.
The Mexican Caribbean is currently under a Level 2 travel advisory, according to the US State Department. This means that while travel here is generally safe, visitors should exercise extra caution. Tourists can follow some simple tips to ensure a safe trip. Travelers should avoid walking outdoors alone at night, when pickpockets are more active and gun violence is more likely. Additionally, tourists should stick to resort areas as well as supervised public beaches.
This week’s stabbings are a stark reminder that, while rare, organized crime can sometimes directly affect tourists. Authorities are now hoping to bring down the crime rate as the Mexican Caribbean continues to welcome millions of tourists.
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