Night out at strip club turns violent for Guatemalan woman

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POSTED: Monday, August 11, 2014 - 4:21pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 7:19am

One woman is lucky to be alive after a night out at a strip club turned violent.

It all started in Donna at 4:30 a.m. this morning.

The victim, a 29-year-old Guatemalan woman, was at "Envidias" located on Val Verde Road just north of the Frontage Road. She left with three men she met there to continue partying.

Once inside their truck, one of the men pulled a gun on the woman and assaulted her.

"They told her they were gonna rape her and kill her," said Lt. Rick Suarez with the Donna Police Department. "They identified themselves as 'Sicarios,' which to her, they were hired hit men or cartel members from Mexico, and she feared for her life."

At that point, the woman called 911 pretending to be on the phone with her boyfriend. Confused, the 911 operator hung up on her assuming she dialed the wrong number.

But the woman kept calling.

"After about the 5th or 6th call, I guess the dispatcher finally took the call a little bit more seriously maybe and paid a little bit more attention and said 'okay maybe I do have something on the line.'" said Lt. Suarez. "He was able to provide the whereabouts and the vehicle description."

Police finally caught up with the victim and suspects at the Stripes convenience store in Edinburg located at the corner of Closner Blvd. and Schunior Road, about 15 miles from the original crime scene.

Lt. Suarez says it was the victim's persistence in calling the 911 dispatcher so many times that ended up saving her life.

"She had the mental capacity of calling 911 under her intoxicated state, continuing to call after she's been hung up on once, twice, after four or five times she indicates. So her persistence, that's what makes this incident so unique."

Investigators are still working to locate a third suspect who was dropped off somewhere between Donna and Edinburg.

The two men in custody are charged with aggravated robbery and false imprisonment since they held the woman against her will at gunpoint.

Police are not sure if kidnapping charges will also be applied since the woman got into the suspects' vehicle voluntarily.

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