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Violence triggers travel alert for Rocky Point

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Ongoing violence has triggered a travel alert for Rocky Point, the Consulate General of the U.S. said.

The alert calls for Americans traveling to and living in Puerto Peñasco (Rocky Point) to use caution while conducting business or leisure activities within the city and the surrounding region.

The city has been plagued in recent months by several home invasions, robberies and assaults. One home invasion and assault left a U.S. citizen severely injured.

In a separate incident, vacationers, many of whom were U.S. citizens, were victims of a home invasion during which adults and children were held at gunpoint while the house was robbed and a woman was sexually assaulted.

On July 19, a gun battle erupted between members of a Transnational Criminal Organization which left six people dead, including a Mexican police officer. The gun battle occurred in downtown Puerto Peñasco in broad daylight.

The consulate said U.S. citizens visiting Rocky Point are encouraged to maintain a high level of vigilance, be aware of local events and take appropriate steps to bolster their personal security.

Americans traveling there are urged to use the Lukeville, AZ, border crossing, to limit driving through Mexico, and to limit travel to main roads during daylight hours.

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