ACAPULCO, MEXICO - MARCH 04: Mexican tourists and soldiers stand look on at the site of a suspected drug-related execution on Acapulco's famous Caleta Beach on March 4, 2012 in Acapulco, Mexico. Drug violence has surged in the coastal resort in the last year, making Acapulco the second most deadly city in Mexico after Juarez. One of Mexico's top tourist destinations, Acapulco has suffered a drop in business, especially from foreign tourists, due to the violence. Toursim accounts for about 70 percent of the economy of Acapulco's state of Guerrero and 9 percent of Mexico's economy. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)2012 Getty Images
A Belgian tourist was gunned down by several men who attempted to steal his luxury car in the Mexican Pacific resort city of Acapulco, prosecutors said.
Jan K.M. Sarens was killed by a gunshot "in the left side of the chest" in Diamante, one of the most upscale sections of the resort city, the Guerrero state Attorney General's Office said.
The 59-year-old tourist was murdered around 4:43 p.m. on Saturday, the AG's office said.
The Belgian tourist was murdered nearly three weeks after six Spanish tourists were raped in Acapulco's Punta Diamante section.
Several suspects have been arrested in connection with the rapes.
Sarens was shot at point-blank range when he resisted an attempt by several individuals to steal his Mercedes-Benz, which had Federal District tags, eyewitnesses told Efe.
The victim resisted the robbery attempt, shifting into reverse and hitting a planter, which punctured one of the rear tires, the eyewitnesses said.
Sarens's body was found by police next to the luxury car.
Paramedics were unable to save Sarens, the AG's office said.
"He worked in Mexico City at the SRNS Latinoamerica SA de CV company and was a temporary resident," the Guerrero AG's office said.