Sisters Survive Attempted Kidnapping in Mexico

An exclusive interview with the 18-year-old from National City who had to save her sister's life

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    Two San Diego women arre safely back home, after an attempted kidnapping in Mexico. The sisters went to pick up rent money from tenants in Tijuana, but it quickly turned into a nightmare.

    "I'm not going back to TJ. Not at all,” Amy Hernandez said.

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    Hernandez, 18, and her sister say they're traumatized after a dangerous trip across the border.

    “I was praying on the way because I told my sister I have a bad feeling. She laughed at me and said you're crazy,”  Hernandez said.

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    On Monday, their father asked them to drive from their National City house into Tijuana.

    They were supposed to pick up rent money from two tenants staying at their Mariano Matamotos home.

    Hernandez dropped off her sister and two family friends and waited in the car.

    “Thirty seconds after that I heard a gun shot. She screamed and I was like, my sister. I know her scream, that's her.”

    Hernandez says she immediately drove to the nearest gas station to call police.

    Once they arrived, police discovered that several gunmen had tied up Hernandez' sister, the friends and the renters.

    They demanded ransom money

    “They beat up my sister... they choked her. They put fingers inside her mouth, so she couldn't scream,” the teenager said.

    According to reports, the two tenants masterminded the whole thing and pretended to be victims.

    Police arrested Claudia Tapia, 35, and Cesar Escalera, 36, along with others.

    Hernandez says they’ve gone to Tijuana countless times and nothing has ever happened.

    After this, she says she's never going back.

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