Failed assault on Puerto Viejo hotel leaves guard with gunshot to the face

A failed assault on the Hotel Cariblue in Puerto Viejo, Limon left a guard with a gunshot wound to the face. (Photo taken from Vimeo)

A failed assault on the Hotel Cariblue in Puerto Viejo, Limon left a guard with a gunshot wound to the face. (Photo taken from Vimeo)

April 1st, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) A failed assault on the Hotel Cariblue in Puerto Viejo, Limon left a guard with a gunshot wound to the face on Sunday night.

Edwin Miranda, Regional Director for the Caribbean of the Fuerza Publica, said the guard was shot in the face after apparently attempting to repel the attackers.  The guard was taken to the hospital in critical condition where he remained as of yesterday.

Miranda said he believes that a local criminal band is behind the assault, as well as other recent assaults on area hotels.

Miranda said he believes the attackers were out to steal electronic devices, such as cellular phones, iPads and computers, as the type of tourists who frequent the area are not the type of tourists who usually carry large amounts of cash.

“They are more backpackers,” Miranda said.

On March 19th, three men stormed the Malbec Restaurant in Playa Cocles, also in Puerto Viejo.  The men stole cell phones, cash, and travel documents.  They carried guns and machetes.

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  • mhogan

    I was on an incoming flight back to Costa Rica (live here) and had a chance to talk with some tourists from New Hampshire, an elderly couple with eyes wide closed. My words to them were to be very conscious of what is around you, take care of your belongings, be prepared to give up your cell phone or camera if need be–they can be replaced but your life is more important. They looked at me in disbelief because they thought being with a tour made them unassailable. I just shook my head at their naivete but suspect that happens a lot when people buy into propaganda aimed at tourists. Hope they heed my advice.

  • El Torito

    Because tourists are easy to spot and are transient, they become targets, here, or anywhere in the world…. even in North America.

    • john anthony

      Same thing happened to a bar I used to drink at near Alajuela. Gunmen came in and did the same thing. I was not there that night, but I can tell you, that most of the people who frequented there were not tourists or backpackers. But, you are right about the tourist being easy to spot and transient.