Americans Saved in Guatemala Attack
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Filed at 11:24 p.m. ET
(AP) -- Hundreds of villagers in northern
Guatemala captured and threatened to kill four people, including two
Americans, Wednesday after rumor spread that the group was involved
in kidnapping 3-year-old twins.
Police were still
looking for children on Wednesday, a day after they
were snatched from their home in the rural hamlet of San Jose in northern
A crowd began
forming almost immediately after the kidnapping was
reported, said Faustino Sanchez, a spokesman for Guatemala's national
reacted violently late Tuesday after 45-year-old American
Bill Bruce, who owns a house close to the twins' home, told police he
had information on their whereabouts.
When police tried
to intervene, the locals threw rocks, pieces of cinder
block and bottles, cursing and beating Bruce, his brother and two
Police and representatives
from the U.N. Mission to Guatemala hours
later persuaded the mob to free the men, Sanchez said.
Police said they
found no evidence the men were invloved in the
Sanchez said it appeared the children were stolen for sale into adoption.
A recent U.N.
Children's Fund report named Guatemala the world's third
leading exporter of children for illegal adoption, behind only Russia and
China. It also concluded that babies are usually shipped to unknowing
adoptive parents in the United States, Canada and Europe.