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Please keep us anonymous in this message…. I feel I should report an incident we had today, so that everyone else can be aware.
My wife and I were stalked today on our way back from David to Almirante. It noticeably began just after the area of the road called the devils back bone in the mountains. A man driving a small Black SUV with the large white letters on the sides and back reading”tourismo” was pulled over mostly in the road. He was motioning for us to stop. As our taxi driver approached he began to slow as the first impression was he was out of gas.
When our driver saw his face he said “no” under his breath and began to accelerate again as we passed him. I said to our driver “he might be out of gas”. Our driver then told me “No this man is very dangerous! They call him some nic name something like the Americano (note he doesn’t look like a gringo, very tall and light skinned yes but still Latino). He then told me he is known to live in maybe David or Almirante and is known to befriend gringos and then kid nap them and extort money from them. He told me this is a “bad man you stay away from him”. Ok so I take note and we go on with our conversation.
As we approach the reservoir my wife says she really needs some fresh air, so we pull off at the last pull out over looking the reservoir before the bath rooms and vendors. I few minutes later here comes the same black car/SUV with the letters “toursimo” all over it. The man stops in the middle of the road, thank god he didn’t pull in and says to our taxi driver he is going to Almirante and that we should ride with him, our driver can turn around and go back to David and he will pay our driver the rest of the money for our fare. Our driver has been working for us for about 6 months now and seems to be a really good guy. He is from over in Bocas. we know a lot of the same people and after asking around Bocas about him he checks out. Our driver tells him “No its fine I will take them” The guy persist and says what do you not think I’m cool man? Our driver says “no all is cool I have no problem with you but I am am taking them.” So this guy drives on and leaves us. We got back in the car then stop a few minutes later to use the restroom at the public bathrooms at the dam. Afterwards we go on with our conversations thinking this is the last of him. Only it wasn’t.
Once we were loaded on the boat at Bocas Marine Tours and about to leave I see this same guy walk down the street to look at who has in our boat. He spots my wife (who is pregnant) and myself, he stairs at me. He then turns back and heads to the front of the building. Our water taxi at this moment pulls out of the slip and into the river…. as we begin to move forward this guy, the stalker at this point, comes out on the dock, with no bags, and starts yelling for the taxi to come back, he wants to get on it. The taxi driver reluctantly pulls it out of gear and hits reverse.
At this moment I tell the boat taxi driver that “this guy is crazy and please don’t go back for him”. The boat taxi driver hesitates so I persist and tell him that” I have a problem with this guy and PLEASE don’t let him on the boat!” This works and the boat taxi driver puts the boat and gear and we get away from the “Americano”.
He stands tall I never got close to him but guessing 6’2″ ish he had what looked like dyed hair, sandy blonde, wearing a small gold chain on is left wrist, and just looked like bad news! The fact that his car says tourismo all over it and is not a taxi makes the incident that much more spooky! Sorry if I included too many details, or enough details, or if they don’t sound compelling enough to draw the conclusion I have obviously reached. However, I’m sure of it…. this guy is dangerous!
Thanks for your time!