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A 21-year-old Mexicali woman apparently had herself kidnapped in order to get more attention from her husband, El Mexicano reported on its front page. The woman also sought a ransom of 70,000 pesos ($5,280) to pay off the friends who helped in the kidnapping, the paper quoted authorities as saying. The woman, who is much younger than the husband, was rescued on Thursday. She was only identified as Érika Michel.
It was the second case of a self-kidnapping reported in Baja California this month. The other case.
Front page story (PDF). Jump.
Two men trying to use a telephone in a corner grocery in Tijuana's Zona Norte were shot to death around 4 p.m. on Wednesday. Police arrested an 18-year-old man who they said was trying to flee the scene in a taxi. Story, Frontera (PDF).
El Mexicano newspaper on Wednesday lauded Mexicali Mayor Jaime Díaz Ochoa for his rejection of the formation of self-defense groups in the Baja California capital. The paper said materials were posted in the Carvajal neighborhood Sunday announcing to police and thieves the formation of self-defense groups, such as has occurred in many other areas of Mexico in recent years.
The paper said that while Mexicali and other Baja California municipalities are suffering high rates of crime, the solution is for the government to protect the citizenry.
Meanwhile, a Mexicali policeman who had stopped four men in the Valle Dorado neighborhood was shot to death by them; the policeman, Juan Luis Aguilar Rodríguez, 44, managed to kill one of them, and another committed suicide when he was about to be captured, El Mexicano reported. The other two men and another man were detained, the paper said.
Update, March 27: Citizen Manuel Valenzuela says another self-defense group will be formed Sunday, and says many policemen are involved in crimes including "express kidnapping."
The Kombo Kolombia band was killed by the Zetas last year because it started playing for the Gulf Cartel, a Nuevo León prosecutor said Tuesday. The information came from José Isidro "El Pichilo" Cruz Villarreal, who was captured on Monday along with his girlfriend and another man. Cruz was identified as the Zetas' leader in Hidalgo, Mina del Carmen, and Abosolo.
The prosecutor quoted Cruz as saying that the Zetas had financed Kombo Kolombia and felt betrayed when the band started playing for the Gulf Cartel.
The group was kidnapped in Hidalgo on Jan. 25, 2013, after performing in a nightclub, and then killed. Nuevo León prosecutor Adrián de la Garza said Cruz also is wanted in the slayings of four people in Ciudad Victoria.
Story in El Mexicano (PDF). Jump.
January 2013: Kombo Kolombia band killed.
A shooting incident in Rosarito left three people dead, including an 11-year-old, and seven injured, Tijuana media reported Monday. The incident involving assault weapons occurred in the Arenales area of the Primo Tapia district. Frontera reported that victims identified in its story were from Tijuana and Coronado. Story, Frontera. Story, El Mexicano (PDF — story incorrectly says four killed). Jump. Story, Rosarito en la Noticia.
Update, March 18: El Mexicano reported that the 11-year-old was Adrián Gómez Carballo, the son of a musician who had been playing at an event in the area. Other musicians were among the injured. The other two people killed were identified as Héctor
Gerardo Tapia, 37, and Tomás Llamas García, 30. Authorities said all the shooting was done by a single gunman, in an apparent attempt to kill a single person.
Story, El Mexicano (PDF). Jump.
Also, it was claimed that police detained a vehicle trying to take Llamas García to the hospital for an hour and a half, possibly costing Llamas García his life. Story, El Mexicano (PDF).
Update, March 20: U-T San Diego reports that Tapia was a construction worker born and raised in Chula Vista, and that there may have been two gunmen. It said Llamas García was working in the car business in National City. The story said Los Arenales is an area of tall sand dunes south of Rosarito.