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Man takes 22 children, teachers hostage for gas, drugs

Pontoroque, Nayarit — A teacher and 22 elementary students were taken hostage by a subject who was allegedly under the influence of a drug.

The incident occurred at a private school Thursday when a man jumped the wall and gained access to the Hispanoamericano school located in the town of Pontoroque in the municipality of Bahía de Banderas, Nayarit.

Reports say that it was around 10:45 a.m. when Emergency 911 received the call of a man, who was later identified as 45-year-old Arnoldo N, entering the school cafeteria when the primary school children were at recess.

The man reportedly threatened two children with a knife. Later, he exchanged one of the children for a teacher who was also in the cafeteria..

Police say that after receiving the call, they, along with paramedics and soldiers, went to the school to implement an operation to rescue the children alive.

After introducing a mediator, the man demanded a 200-liter barrel of gasoline as well as doses of drugs such as crystal and cocaine. It is unknown why he wanted the fuel.

While negotiations were being made for the safe release of the children, police and soldiers entered the school.

Photo: Cuerpo de Protección Civil

Dressed as nurses, several police and unarmed soldiers managed to enter the dining room of the school and subdue the man. It was around 1:30 p.m. when the arrest was made. All children and teachers were unharmed.

A team of paramedics from Civil Protection and the Fire Department of Bahía de Banderas arrived to review all those inside.

Arnoldo N, originally from Tomatlán, Jalisco was taken into custody and transferred to the municipal jail to later be presented before a judge.