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Friday, March 30, 2012

Tijuana policeman killed outside his home

Tijuana policeman Jesús Alberto Hurtado Estrada was killed on Thursday outside his home. He had survived previous against him at his home, which was decorated with Santa Muerte figures. In April 2008, he killed two attackers who were said to be members of the Arellano Félix cartel. The attack occurred during a party at his home; a grenade explosion during the attack wounded various party-goers, Frontera newspaper reported. He also was attacked in December 2011, but was not wounded.
Story, Frontera (PDF).
Update, March 31: Authorities report no advance in case (PDF).
Update, May 20, 2013: Arrests made in case.

March 29, 2012

Handcuffed man kills 2 apparent captors, then kills 2 men to steal their vehicle before being killed by police in Tijuana

A handcuffed man killed what appeared to be his captors in a Tijuana home, and then, walking the streets with an AK-47, killed two men in a vehicle so he could get away from the Lomas Conjunto Residencial neighborhood Wednesday morning, Tijuana media reported. He then was surrounded by police and killed, media reported. The neighborhood is in the city's La Mesa section.

The apparent captors were identified as former military men David Vargas López and Edgar Javier Paredes Ortega. The two men in the vehicle were reported to have been bodyguards for a businessman who lives in the area. They were identified as Luis Enrique González Cifuentes, 41, and Roberto Fernández Uribe, 45. González was a retired military officer and Fernández a former policeman. The gunman, said to be in his 40s, was not immediately identified. Guns and marijuana were found in the home where the killings started.
Story, Frontera (PDF). Jump.
Update, April 5: Man killed by police may have been named Genaro Oliva, authorities say. Story, Frontera (PDF).

Five youths dismembered in Culiacán

Five youths were found dismembered in Culiacán, the capital of drug-producing Sinalao state, Mexican media reported. The bodies were found at the perimeter fence of an elementary school.
Meanwhile, five were killed and five wounded in three attacks in Acapulco. Two of the attacks took place inside tortillerías.
Stories in Frontera (PDF).

March 27, 2012

Cousin of man picked up with Francisco Javier Arellano Félix in 2006 arrested in possession of synthetic "ice" drug in Tijuana

Elías Humberto Heredia Camacho, 36, was arrested in Tijuana in possession of the synthetic drug "ice", Frontera reported. Heredia Camacho is the cousin of Arturo Villarreal Heredia, aka "El Nalgón," who was picked up by U.S. authorities along with Francisco Javier Arellano Félix, aka "El Tigrillo," on a boat off Baja California in 2006. Heredia also is known as "El Venado." The paper said 1.67 kilos of ice were seized. Story, Frontera (PDF).

Shootout in Temósachi in Chihuahua state leaves 10 dead

A shootout between rival gangs in La Guitarra area of Temósachi in the western part of Chihuahua state left 10 dead, Mexican media reported. The municipality was reported to be an eight-hour drive from the capital, Chihuahua, near the border with Sonora state. Story in Frontera (PDF).

March 26, 2012

Frontera's Insecurity Barometer says there were 46 car thefts, 43 detained with drugs in Tijuana in previous week

Only 1 murder reported; annual total now at 40

Frontera's Insecurity Barometer report said there 46 car thefts and 43 detained with drugs in Tijuana during the week. Six rapes were reported. There was just one murder; the annual total is now 40, the paper said. Story, Frontera (PDF).

Two more suspects in January birthday party slayings arrested

Kevin Alberto Murillo Altamirano, 18, aka "El Pul," and Ángel Alexis Sánchez Tovar,20, aka "El Genes," have been arrested by state police, Frontera reported. They are suspected of taking part in slayings at a Tijuana birthday party where a San Ysidro Middle School student was killed in January. ‘Also arrested was Jorge Manuel de la Torre Montoya, 31, aka "El Gordo." More than 1,000 doses of crystal meth were found among the three of them. Murillo and Sánchez reportedly worked for the Sinaloa Cartel in the eastern zone of Tijuana. Story, Frontera (PDF). Among those killed were middle school student Ulysses Castrejón and his grandfather, Hipólito Beltrán.
Previous arrests, Feb. 25 story. Original story.

Authorities still have no answers for March 17 slayings at Ensenada ejido

El Vigia reported that authorities still have no answers for four March 17 slayings at Ensenada's Uruapan ejido March 17. Story, El Vigia. El Mexicano's March 18 story (PDF).

Man electrocuted in Mexicali when he tries to cut live wire to refrigeration unit he apparently was trying to steal from pastry shop

A man estimated to be around 40 years of age was found electrocuted early Sunday at a D Sabor pastry shop in Mexicali. The man tried to cut a live wire to a refrigeration unit he was trying to steal, but was electrocuted, perhaps because he was also standing in a pool of water, officials told Frontera newspaper. Story, Frontera (PDF).

Alleged Zeta member tied to November slayings of 26 in Guadalajara arrested

The military captured Ricardo Fuentes Pérez Sánchez, also known as Juan Carlos Sánchez Gaytán, aka "El Mostachón," Mexican media reported. The man allegedly took part in the slayings of 26 people whose bodies were found in three vehicles Nov. 24 in Guadalajara. Story in Frontera (PDF).


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