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New Mexico man who was nailed to a tree is recued

  • Video has emerged showing paramedics rescuing a man who was found nailed to a tree in Albuquerque, New Mexico in May
  • The man was later identified as Jose Duran 
  • Duran told rescuers that two men nailed him to a tree after he was involved in a bad real estate deal  
  • The video shows Duran groaning in pain before he is taken down from the tree
  • It ends as he is being led away from the grove, his hands wrapped in bandages 

By Ashley Collman For Dailymail.com

Published: 08:09 EDT, 9 August 2017 | Updated: 14:25 EDT, 9 August 2017

Video has emerged showing paramedics rushing to the aid of a man who was found nailed to a tree in Albuquerque, New Mexico in May. 

A government worker found Jose Duran nailed to a tree in the city's Bosque - a type of forest found in the southwestern U.S. 

That man quickly ran to get help, and the video, obtained by KRQE, was recorded by one of the men who came to help Duran.  

Video shows the moment emergency workers rescued a man who was found nailed to a tree in Albuquerque, New Mexico in May. A city worker, right, was the first to spot the man
Video shows the moment emergency workers rescued a man who was found nailed to a tree in Albuquerque, New Mexico in May. A city worker, right, was the first to spot the man

Video shows the moment emergency workers rescued a man who was found nailed to a tree in Albuquerque, New Mexico in May. A city worker, right, was the first to spot the man

The worker said he found the man groaning and crying out for help from inside a grove of trees
The worker said he found the man groaning and crying out for help from inside a grove of trees

The worker said he found the man groaning and crying out for help from inside a grove of trees

At first, the man refused to give his name or explain how he ended up nailed to a tree. But he eventually said two men were sent to threaten him 
At first, the man refused to give his name or explain how he ended up nailed to a tree. But he eventually said two men were sent to threaten him 

At first, the man refused to give his name or explain how he ended up nailed to a tree. But he eventually said two men were sent to threaten him 

The video ends with emergency workers leading the man away from the tree, his hands wrapped in bandages 
The video ends with emergency workers leading the man away from the tree, his hands wrapped in bandages 

The video ends with emergency workers leading the man away from the tree, his hands wrapped in bandages 

'He kept yelling, 'Help. Help,' and so I came and I saw him and I kind of freaked out because I didn't know if there was any other guys around,' the city worker told police. 

When emergency responders arrived at the scene, Duran was still nailed to the tree and was groaning in pain.

At first, Duran wouldn't give his name or answer questions about how he ended up there.

Duran later spoke out about the incident, saying the two men nailed him to the tree to threaten him over a bad real estate deal

But eventually he admits that it was two men who nailed him to the tree after a real estate deal gone wrong. 

Emergency workers helped take Duran down from the tree and the video ends with him leaving the grove, his hands wrapped in bandages and two other men helping him walk. 

At the hospital, he spoke more about the attack. 

'Two people grabbed me and they pulled me to the trees,' he said in Spanish, according to KOB 4. 'They said they were going to kill me.'

He said it was the third time they had attacked him.  

'They identified themselves as KKK,' he said in Spanish.  In English, he added: 'Jesus gave me another chance to live.'

It's still unclear what happened to the man. Shortly after the incident in May, KOAT reported that the man had changed his story three times in interviews with law enforcement.

Police say they have made no arrests in the case.

Duran has no criminal history, but he been to court over an ongoing real estate issue.

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