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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Taco vendor slain in Playas de Tijuana

José Francisco Valles Zavala, who operated the Tacos Aaron food truck in Playas de Tijuana, was shot to death around 2 p.m. on Friday, Frontera reported (PDF).

Car bomb goes off in Nuevo Laredo

A car bomb went off in Nuevo Laredo in front of City Hall next to the area where the mayor parks. Four people were wounded. Mayor Benjamin Galván Gómez was elsewhere and was not hurt. Story in Frontera (PDF).

Man who allegedly robbed would-be border crossers arrested

Maximino Ortega Ruiz, 41, was arrested in Tijuana's Mesa Inn hotel after allegedly robbing two would-be border crossers from Mexico's south of a cellphone and 7,000 pesos ($525), El Mexicano reported. Authorities said Alma, 45, and Víctor, 16, were picked up by Ortega, who then took them to the hotel and allegedly robbed them, later dumping them downtown. They complained to police, who went to the hotel, where they found him with another would-be migrant, Lorena, 33, who alleged had been robbed of her cellphone and 1,000 pesos ($75), the paper said. Story, Frontera (PDF).


Friday, June 29, 2012

2 arrested in May slaying of American

Sergio Agustín "El Rintintin" Valencia Pérez, 25, and Luis Arturo "El Luisillo" Carmona Chávez, 22, have been arrested in the killing of American Jeffrey Mark Baker, 48, in the Colonia Obrera Segunda Sección area of Tijuana on May 14. Authorities said the two Tijuana men said they had been contracted by a man they called Jorge to kill Baker's partner because the partner owed a drug debt. The partner was identified as Marcos; another man apparently involved in the killing was called Kalimba. Authorities said Valencia, Carmona and Kalimba, when they found that Marcos was not home, decided to kill Baker instead so that they could get paid. Valencia and Carmona said that at the behest of Kalimba, they burned the home Marcos and Baker lived in so the body could not be readily identified.
Story, Frontera

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Primary school's payroll stolen in Tijuana

Robbers stole a 200,000 peso ($14,600) payroll destined for teachers at the Cuauhtémoc Primary School in Tijuana. The robbery took place around 2 p.m. Wednesday not far from City Hall; the person robbed said there had been an agreement among teachers to receive their pay in cash, Frontera newspaper reported. Story, Frontera (PDF).
Story on school winning teachers union award for its piñatas.


Wednesday June 27, 2012

Former Tijuana policeman arrested in slaying

Former Tijuana policeman Salvador García Torres and two others stand accused in a killing apparently related to illegal drug sales, El Mexicano newspaper reported on its front page. García Torres had been purged from the force in 2005, the paper said. Killed was Anastacio
Barragán Álvarez, 41. Also detained were Alberto Rosas Haro and Rafael Alfredo Montejo. Story, El Mexicano's front page (PDF). Jump.
Update, June 29: Ex-policeman linked to more slayings. Story, Frontera (PDF). Story, El Mexciano (PDF). Jump.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

3 federal police killed in shootout at Mexico City airport

Three federal police were killed in a shootout at the Mexico City airport on Monday. The agents were involved in an operation to stop drug trafficking at the airport. It was believed that the killers also were federal police. The shootout took place in Terminal 2. Story in Frontera (PDF). Story in El Mexicano (PDF). Jump.
Update, June 27: Mexican media report that U.S. Justice Department called airport a drug traffickers' corridor and that the killers indeed were other federal police. Story in Frontera (PDF).
Update, June 29: 5-million peso reward ($372,000) offered for capture of three federal police who are suspects in the slayings. Story, Frontera (PDF).

Monday, June 25, 2012


4 reported killed in Tijuana in past week

One was nephew of former Tijuana police chief and current Juárez police chief Leyzaola; the nephew had an auto theft record

Four people were reported to have suffered violent deaths in Tijuana in the previous week, according to Frontera newspaper's Insecurity Barometer (PDF).
Among those killed was a nephew of former Tijuana police chief Julián Leyzoala. The nephew had a record of auto theft. Leyzaola now is the police chief of Ciudad Juárez. Police said Genaro Carrera Leyzaola, 37, was shot to death as he was trying to steal a car in front of the
Benito Juárez preschool in the colonia Obrera Tercera. Mexican media reported that he had an auto theft record. Story, El Mexicano (PDF). Jump.
Also killed was a former state policewoman, Angélica Piñuelas Quintero, 35. Her body was found in a home containing weapons.
Reported killed last week, although the crime apparently took place June 15, was a robber apparently shot to death by a 78-year-old U.S. resident of Tijuana, who then hid the body for a week. Story.

Publication date Violent deaths in Tijuana by week according to Frontera's Insecurity Barometer
June 25 4
June 18 3
June 11 5
June 4 3
May 28 9
May 21 3
May 14 2
May 7 3
April 30 6
April 23 0
April 16 page did not run
April 9 6
April 2 7
March 26 1
March 19 3
March 12 0
March 5 9
Feb. 27 5
Feb. 20 2
Feb. 13 1
Feb. 6 1
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