TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras – The Honduran government says a U.S. hotelier was kidnapped by gunmen but his young son escaped.
Security Vice Minister Mario Perdomo says Thomas Jacobson was abducted Saturday and forced into a car in the parking lot of his Gran Hotel Sula on the Atlantic coast.
Four gunmen accosted the 55-year-old while he was getting into his car with his son, a minor whose age was not released.
Perdomo said Sunday that Jacobson's family asked police not to intervene for fear of endangering him. But Perdomo said the government was obligated to investigate.
Gran Hotel Sula officials said the family will not comment.
Jacobson has lived in Honduras for 15 years. The government did not give his hometown in the U.S.