San Diegan Shot In Cabo San Lucas

By Tony Shin, Paul Krueger and R. Stickney
|  Friday, Oct 22, 2010  |  Updated 5:41 PM PDT
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A Point Loma-based fisherman is recovering from a gunshot after being robbed while visiting a popular Baja tourist destination.

A Point Loma-based fisherman is recovering from a gunshot after being robbed while visiting a popular Baja tourist destination.

A Point Loma-based fisherman robbed in Cabo San Lucas is recovering in a Mexican hospital with a bullet in his throat.

In an exclusive phone interview Mike Meredith described what happened when he was robbed Tuesday while visiting Cabo for the annual sport fishing event, the "Bisbee Black & Blue Tournament."

Meredith was walking alone to his hotel room on Tuesday after eating at a restaurant when he was attacked and robbed. The thief walked up to him with a gun and demanded his wallet but Meredith didn't want to hand over the entire wallet.

”I wanted my ID more than anything else. You can have my money but you’re not getting my ID. I may die here but somebody is going to know where I came from; who I am,” Meredith said.

As he was pulling the wallet out of his pocket, the thief fired one shot into his shoulder. He said that when he hesitated about handing over his ID, the robber fired a second shot that went through his neck. 

Meredith said he didn't feel either shot so he didn't realize he was hurt until he saw blood squirting out of his neck.

One bullet went through his shoulder. Another bullet bounced off his jawbone and somehow wedged in the other side of his neck.

“Somehow this bullet has wedged somewhere near the spinal cord but not enough to do any damage,” he said.

Police found two bullet casings from a .25 gun at the scene according to Meredith. The thief got away with Meredith's money but Meredith is glad to be alive.

 “All I’ve got to say is God is good. He saved me on this one,” he said.

Now, Meredith is waiting to be released from the Mexican clinic so he can fly back to the United States.

“I still have a bullet in my throat that I need to have it looked at and taken out,” he said.

San Diegans travel to Cabo San Lucas to vacation all the time because they consider it a safe part of Mexico.  Meredith said despite his attack, he would return to Cabo in the future. “It’s a beautiful place,” he said. “People here are nice.”

Meredith, who goes by the nick name "Kona", is a deckhand on the Point Loma based charter boat, "The Intrepid." 

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