LDS mission president in Argentina robbed at gunpoint
PROVO – Argentinian newspaper El Dia is reporting a LDS mission president was robbed at gunpoint Sept. 24.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has verified the event.
“David P. Robertson, president of the Argentina Buenos Aires West Mission, was robbed and briefly held last week on the night of September 24,” said the church in a prepared statement. “The assailants took his wallet, cell phone and vehicle, and then released him on the street. President Robertson is safe and has reported the incident to authorities.”
According to El Dia, Robertson was driving his Toyota truck when he was stopped by armed bandits at an intersection in Ciudadela, a city in the Buenos Aires area.
El Dia reported Robertson was held for a short time and then released. El Dia called it an express kidnapping.
Express kidnappings are seemingly on the rise. The U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires has cautioned American citizens to be alert and take safety measures.
President Robertson and his wife, Juliana Marie Hendershot Robertson, began serving in the mission in July.