Tuesday 21 May 2019

Man trapped in tunnel he dug to spy on his ex

Cesar Arnoldo Gómez had been ordered by a court to stay away from Griselda Santillán, due to domestic violence charges. Stock image
Cesar Arnoldo Gómez had been ordered by a court to stay away from Griselda Santillán, due to domestic violence charges. Stock image

Zamira Rahim

A Mexican man has been rescued after he became trapped in a hole while spying on his ex-girlfriend.

Cesar Arnoldo Gómez had been ordered by a court to stay away from Griselda Santillán, due to domestic violence charges.

But instead of complying, he dug a tunnel underneath the house of his former partner of 14 years to spy on her. The attorney general's office in Sonora state said the man had spent days digging the tunnel in the northern town of Puerto Penasco.

The plan backfired, after the 50-year-old became accidentally trapped in the tunnel. He remained there for around 24 hours and had been calling for help.

Ms Santillan had heard scratching noises from beneath her floor in the week before the tunnel was discovered. After the sounds grew louder, she investigated, and found the mouth of the tunnel, along with several knives and water bottles, according to 'Mexico News Daily'. Inside the tunnel was her former partner.

"I shouted to him and he ignored me," she said.

When rescuers arrived Mr Gomez refused to leave the tunnel and had to be removed by force. He has since been jailed for violating the restraining order. (© Independent News Service)

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