Women and children left in hiding at a Disney resort while authorities hunted for several men carrying guns on a beach have learned to go topless.
They may even start riding bike pedicabs again after a brazen gunfight between a man in shorts and a couple of men in suits and several people were wounded.
They hid at Disney’s Disney’s Zona Tropical Hotel and Spa until this weekend when authorities found the suspects, and quickly discovered they were under investigation for human trafficking and sex-tourism.
Florida residents Martin and Hannah were looking forward to celebrating a birthday with their friends, according to WWLTV. Their pre-recorded Facebook photo shows the five women, two children, their friends and their mother doing what they had planned for two weeks: going on a bike pedicab ride to get fresh air and a drink.
But Saturday, the main part of the La Cumbre beach was robbed of every single one of their belongings, including $250 in cash and cell phones. Those phones, Hannah’s laptop and Hannah’s mom’s keys.
Hannah and her daughter left in the front seat when Martin convinced Hannah to go outside for a closer look.
“Just look around. That man is obviously pointing a gun at you, right?” Martin said he told his daughter.
“She got scared and she looked like she was running and the man scared her from running. She got back in the car and drove away,” he said.
“I put the phone down and I got in the car and we’re going in the back, and we’re looking around,” Hannah said.
All the way back to their hotel, her phone was out of contact, she said. So they immediately grabbed a washing machine to lock it inside their room. The laundry held up the door and shielded them.
They kept listening to the radio and called the hotel as they made the most of the hour they had left in their room. Their friend’s dad was supposed to come pick them up after their birthday celebration.
Hannah said they finally left the hotel Friday, with their one summer pass intact.
Disney security arrived after they found the empty house where they’d left their belongings and two men dressed as lawyers who had guns. They began questioning everyone.
“She heard a bunch of cops and a bunch of screaming and screaming,” Martin said.
There were at least 30 to 40 men with guns, Hannah said.
They stayed in their room for about two hours, and they feared they wouldn’t be able to get back to their room until late that night, so they decided to talk about it on the phone.
Hannah called her parents and told them she was fine, she just needed their help. Hannah’s parents offered to bring Hannah and her daughter back home to New Orleans.
“It was kind of a nightmare,” she said.
They began leaving their clothing at the bar. They even wrapped up a laundry basket with care for another reason. Hannah had sewn it to look like a basket to give to the detectives she said looked into her bag.
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