When a gang of thieves targeted a vehicle to rob, they had no idea what they were getting into. The troublesome threesome had targeted Guatemalan Congressman Aldo Dávila’s car.
A frequent target of threats, the country’s only out gay legislator travels with armed bodyguards – as the robbers soon found out.
“This is the first attack that has happened to me,” Dávila told the Associated Press. “I constantly receive threats for work but no more than that.”
Security video shows the robbers rushing the car with one of the men holding a bag covering what appears to be a gun. The men surround the vehicle and start to pound on the windows when a shot is fired from inside the vehicle and one of the assailants falls back into the street.
The other robbers fled the scene.
“I’m fine, a little scared,” Dávila said after the attack. “They approached from various sides, I threw myself to the ground and my guards, fortunately, repelled the attack.”
Local activists say it isn’t clear if the attack was politically motivated or just a robbery gone wrong. They note that Dávila is a reformer who is frequently targeted by the opposition party.
Police arrested 20-year-old Fernando José Barreno at the scene. He was taken to the hospital with gunshots to his shoulder and back.
#NACIONALES ATENTADO CONTRA DIPUTADO Esta tarde el Diputado Aldo Davila fue víctima de un atentado armado, dentro de la misma quedan muchas discrepancias ya que ha sido una persona que ha sacado a luz y ha luchado contra varias anomalías del actual gobierno. Se destaca el pronto actuar por parte de la seguridad que acompañaba al diputado. #OBAP
Posted by Patzun OBAP oficial on Monday, April 19, 2021