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Saturday, June 9, 2012-Sunday, June 10, 2012

mannix rent a car office with mourning ribbonEmployee may have been involved in robbery in which car-rental business owner killed, papers report

El Mexicano newspaper on Saturday cited sources as saying that an employee of a car-rental business in Tijuana may have been involved in a robbery in which the owner killed Tuesday. The man killed, Manuel Ricardo Gándara Magaña, is the brother of the National Action Party mayor of Hermosillo, Javier Gándara Magaña. Frontera newspaper reported Sunday (June 10) that the suspect is Lucía Guadalupe Barrera Rodríguez. It quoted authorities as saying she had told a client that she needed money to pay things for her son, and that the client suggested a robbery of the establishment. Authorities said she suggested Tuesday as the date for the robbery, because the owner would be in the United States, but as it turned out, he was unable to cross the border and came to the office, only to be killed by an assailant who escaped with two others in a taxi. Those three are being sought.
El Mexicano also reported that in 2010, the mayor's son-in-law Cosme Fernando Almada Gutiérrez was killed in the community of El Burro in Guasave, Sinaloa. Hermosillo is the capital of Sonora state. Story, Frontera (PDF). Story, El Mexicano.
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Photo shows car rental office with black mourning bow. Reflections of Sam's Club and the Grand Hotel can be seen in the windows.

Violent weekend in Mexico

It's been a violent weekend so far in Mexico, with:
• Seven bodies found in Badiraguato, Sinaloa, considered to be the cradle of drug trafficking.
• Bags containing what appeared to be human body parts were found in southern Jalisco state.
• Reporter Estephanía Cardoso and her 2-year-old son were reported missing in Saltillo.
• In Tapachula, Chiapas, policeman Juan Alberto Velázquez was killed and partner José Alfonso Gómez was wounded by two gunmen who entered the bar where the police were drinking.
Stories in Frontera (PDF).

Friday, June 8, 2012

Fourth person detained in last year's robbery of Casa Natalie boutique hotel

A fourth person suspected of involvement in last year's robbery of around a million dollars worth of jewelry and other goods from the Casa Natalie hotel in Ensenada has been arrested. Alvin Josele Zarco Pedroza, 29, is suspected of being the co-mastermind of the robbery, along with former hotel employee León Ulloa Delgado Gil. Delgado Gil was detained in October. Two men believed to have physically carried out the July 13 robbery, Everardo Gómez Cuellar and Eduardo Avilés, were seized a week after the theft took place, along with much of the booty. The hotel is at kilometer 103.3 on the Tijuana-Ensenada scenic road. Story, Story, Frontera (PDF).

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Authorities say they are tracking down suspected killers in May 2011 slaying of Tijuana priest

Baja California authorities told the media Tuesday that they are asking the military to help track down the suspected killers of a Tijuana priest. Attorney General Rommel Moreno said the suspects are believed to be in Sinaloa state. Salvador Ruiz Enciso was found slain in Tijuana in 2011; child pornography was found in his living quarters, Frontera reported. The paper said that in August 2011, a deputy prosecutor, Fermín Gómez Gómez, told Frontera that two women whose instant photos were among the things found in Ruiz's living quarters were suspected in the case. Story, Frontera (PDF).
Last year's story on slaying of priest.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Brother of Hermosillo mayor killed in Tijuana

The brother of Hermosillo Mayor Javier Gándara Magaña was killed at his car rental business in Tijuana on Tuesday. Manuel Gándara, around 70, was killed at Mannix Rent a Car, which is located in Plaza Minarete next to the Lázaro Cárdenas federal high school. Media reported that three killers fled in a taxi, whose driver was later detained downtown and questioned by police. The three had others in the business lie on the floor, Frontera reported. Story,El Sol de Tijuana. Story, Frontera (PDF). Story, El Mexicano (PDF). Jump.
Esquela memorial ad, in Frontera (PDF). Esquela from José Galicot (PDF).
Esquelas on June 8.

13 kidnapping victims freed, 10 suspects arrested in Nuevo Laredo

Mexican navy forces arrested 10 kidnapping suspects and freed 13 victims in Nuevo Laredo on Friday, Mexican media reported. The navy said the suspects were members of the Gulf Cartel. Of those freed, 12 were men and one was a woman. Authorities also seized 43 grenades and various weapons, including a machine gun. Story in Frontera (PDF).

2 schools reported attacked with grenades in Matamoros

Mexican media reported that two schools were attacked with explosive devices in Matamoros. At 6:45 a.m., an explosive device was thrown at the Preparatoria (high school) Centro de Estudios José Arrese, but it did not go off. At 7 a.m., a device damaged a vehicle and facilities at the Instituto de Ciencias y Estudios Superiores de Tamaulipas. El Universal reported that the schools were attacked with grenades. Story in El Mexicano (PDF). Jump. Story in Frontera (PDF).

7 migrants escape from kidnappers in Tecate area, later are rescued by state police

Seven migrants escaped from kidnappers in the Tecate area and later were rescued by state police, El Mexicano reported (PDF). The migrants said they escaped when their captors fell asleep.

Monday, June 4, 2012


3 violent deaths recorded in Tijuana in last week

Three violent deaths, 42 stolen vehicles and 26 people detained with drugs were the highlights in Frontera newspaper's "Insecurity Barometer" for Tijuana last week. Story, Frontera (PDF).

Publication date Violent deaths in Tijuana by week according to Frontera's Insecurity Barometer
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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