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Wednesday,May 22, 2013

Bus carrying students to UABC Las Palmas campus robbed

     A bus carrying around 50 students to the Autonomous University of Baja California Las Palmas campus was robbed by three men around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, El Mexicano newspaper reported. Three young men wearing hooded sweatshirts and carrying backpacks got on the bus on Insurgentes Boulevard at the Rampa Azteca in Tijuana. One positioned himself at the front of the bus, one at the rear and one moved around robbing students of iPods, iPads and wallets. A student named Antonio said that when female students began screaming and crying, one robber shot his gun upward, shattering a TV monitor on the bus operated by the company ATT. The robbers got off in the El Florido area; students were interviewed around the Coca-Cola plant in El Florido and then continued to campus.
     Buses that carry the students to the Las Palmas campus have wifi so that students can access the Internet on their way to and from campus.
     Story, El Mexicano (PDF). Jump.
Update, May 23: Security cameras in bus were not functioning, El Mexicano reports (PDF). Jump. University officials seek better security for buses. Story, El Mexicano (PDF). Jump.
Update, May 26: Three men ages 30, 19, and 18 arrested in a separate case were considered possible suspects in Tuesday's robbery of UABC students, El Mexicano reported.


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Military says it will place checkpoints in most-conflictive neighborhoods in addition to having them at key points outside Baja California cities

     The Mexican military said Monday in Tijuana that it will place checkpoints in the most conflictive neighborhoods in Baja California cities, El Mexicano reported. The commander of the Second Military Zone, Brig. Gen. Gabriel García Rincón, told the paper, "In the last three months, we have been holding operations with the police in all the cities, the results have been very positive because we and the police have been able to arrest criminals who were robbing cars and homes."
      The military command in the state, which changed in January after President Enrique Peña Nieto took office, was criticized for ending established checkpoints, particularly as Tijuana's murder rate began to climb as a result of conflict between local drug dealers. García Rincón said the military is maintaining checkpoints at entryways to cities, and previously said the military's plan was to keep operating checkpoints, but for them to move from place to place.
     Meanwhile, the paper also reported on the front page that three alleged gunmen for a drug-peddling operation allegedly run out of Tijuana's Zona Norte by "El Atlante" had been captured.
Front-page stories, El Mexicano (PDF). Jumps.
     Also, a house with what was estimated to be 2 tons to 3 tons of marijuana was found in El Pípila neighborhood in the city's eastern La Presa district. Story, El Mexicano (PDF).

 

Monday, May 20, 2013

2 men sought in 5 killings, including that of a policeman and a norteño singer last year, arrested in Tijuana

Woman who offered police $6,000 to let the men go also is arrested

      Two men sought in five killings, including that of a policeman last year, were arrested in Tijuana over the weekend. Víctor Hugo Mejía López, aka "El Cheko," and Víctor Iván López López, aka "El Malú" or "El Gordo," were detained with three others for drinking on the street in eastern Tijuana. Authorities told El Mexicano that Mejía López and López López both confessed to killing policeman Jesús Alberto Hurtado Estrada on March 29, 2012, outside his home. Drugs were susequently found in his patrol car. The two men also are suspected of involvement in the killing of Carlos Alberto Hernández Mancillas, 21, a singer with the norteño group Los Juniors on March 13, 2012. They also are suspected in the April 16 killing of a man after he dropped his child at an elementary school on Ermita avenue.
      After the men were taken to a police station, authorities said, a woman named Reyna Estefanía Ruiz Contreras, aka "La Fany," offered officials $6,000 to let the men go. She also was arrested. Story, El Mexicano (PDF).

Previous story on Tijuana policeman Jesús Alberto Hurtado Estrada being killed on March 29, 2012.
Story on Los Juniors band member being killed on March 13, 2012.

     

Eight killings in Tijuana for week

      Frontera's Insecurity Baromete for the week of May 13-19 registered eight killings, 38 drug possession cases and 33 vehicle thefts. The Insecurity Barometer (PDF).

     

     Disputes over local drug-peddling have caused Tijuana killings to rise this year.    

     The Los Angeles Times reported in April that Mexico's new administration may be downplaying violence.

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