In Michigan
10:02 am
Fri March 20, 2009

Mich. St. students briefly kidnapped in Guatemala

EAST LANSING, MI – EAST LANSING, MI (AP) - Eleven Michigan State University students are safe after being briefly kidnapped and robbed at gunpoint on a Guatemalan highway during a spring break trip last week.

The State News reported Thursday the students, a tour guide and two bus company employees were near the end of a three-hour drive when several armed men approached their tour bus and boarded it with guns.

Four students told the paper the tour bus driver was told to drive several miles into a rural field, where the group members were forced off the bus and tied up before the men took money, electronics and other items from them.

Nobody was hurt during the robbery.

Michigan State spokesman Terry Denbow says the university is offering counseling to the students.