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Saturday, July 21, 2012

5 gunmen, policeman killed in Puerto Peñasco shootouts

Five gunmen and a state police officer were killed in shootouts in Puerto Peñasco, Frontera newspaper reported. Four gunmen were killed in an apparent shootout between rival groups, and when police sought suspects and stopped a vehicle in the area, a gunman in the vehicle began shooting, the paper said. That gunman was killed by return fire from police. Other gunmen who fled then engaged in a shootout with police, and one policeman was killed and two were wounded, the paper said. Story, Frontera (PDF).
Update, July 25: Families retrieve bodies of gunmen, who were identified as: José
Ramón Sabori Cisneros, 46, originally form the ejido González Ortega in Baja California; Oscar Manuel Cárdenas García, 28, originally from Otalillo Badiraguato, Sinaloa; Julio César Acosta Contreras, 30, originally from Ciudad Obregón, Sonora; Froylan Romualdo Gaxiola Ochoa, 34, and José Humberto Elenes Morales, both originally from El Fuerte, Sinaloa. Two of the men had fake identification, the paper said. Story, Frontera (PDF).
On the same crime page July 21:
                            • 26 killed when bus goes off cliff into field in Nayarit state; the allegedly overloaded vehicle was carrying vacationers from Chihuahua state to Guayabitos beach.
                            • Two killed in Chapala in Jalisco state
                            • Four killed in Zacatecas state shootout
                            • Two kidnapping victims freed, six detained in Toluca
Also from July 21: Three federal police allegedly rob restaurant in Monterrey. The suspects were identified as Efraín Sánchez Hernández, Pablo Lara Araiza and Brenda Carolina Guzmán Morales. Story in Frontera (PDF).
On the same page: • Four killed, vehicle burned in Sinaloa state.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Ex-federal policeman sought in slayings of 3 federal police at Mexico City airport captured

2 suspects still at large

Former federal policeman Bogard Felipe Lugo de León, sought in the June 25 slayings of three other federal police at the Mexico City airport, was arrested, Mexican media reported. Authorities said they received a tip that he was staying in an apartment in the Alvaro Obregón district. Authorities said the tipster would participate in a 5-million peso reward for the capture of the suspect. Luis Cárdenas Palomino, regional head of the federal police, said suspect Daniel Cruz García shot federal policeman Adán Matadamas
Cota, while federal policeman Zeferino Morales Franco shot federal policeman Enrique de Jesús Pacheco Valdés, and that both shot federal policeman Felipe Rojas Martínez. The suspects apparently shot their colleagues because the colleagues had uncovered a drug-smuggling operation the suspects apparently were involved with at the airport. Story, Frontera (PDF).

Strange case of 50,000 peso robbery followed by shootout and overturning of vehicle results in deaths of 2 occupants, arrest of man who may be innocent

A woman who says she was robbed of a 50,000 peso payroll and of her pickup that then crashed in the Valle Redondo area of Tijuana, killing both its occupants, told El Mexicano newspaper that police have arrested the wrong man in the case. The woman, who was not identified, said she was carrying the 50,000 peso ($3,800) payroll as well as refuse to the GEN garbage dump when two men robbed her of the payroll and of her pickup. Another woman in the pickup was robbed of 3,000 pesos, the woman told the paper. She said that after the men took off in her pickup, she told a co-worker, José Alonso López, in a Jeep Cherokee what had happened, and that he and another man in the Jeep took off after the pickup and apparently exchanged gunfire. The pickup then went off the road and crashed, killing both its occupants. The woman said authorities then arrested Alonso López for trying to steal 50,000 pesos and for murder, which she said was wrong, because he was trying to recover the 50,000 pesos. She said the man who was with Alonso López, known as Rubén or "El Copia," had fired the shots and had fled. Story, El Mexicano (PDF). Jump. Original story in Frontera (PDF). Original story in El Mexicano (PDF). Jump.

Insecurity Barometer records 4 violent deaths for Tijuana during previous week

Frontera's Insecurity Barometer for Tijuana had four deaths for the week ending July 15. It also reported 35 vehicle thefts and 29 cases of drug possession.
Insecurity Barometer page, Frontera (PDF).

Publication date Violent deaths in Tijuana by week according to Frontera's Insecurity Barometer
July 16 4
July 9 2
July 2 page did not run
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
Total 79 — does not include January, or weeks ending April 15 and July 1


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