México: Former US Army Veteran, Texas Cop Arrested in Monterrey for Heading Kidnap Gang
According to AFP, an unidentified reportedly former US Army veteran and Texas law enforcement officer, 32, has been arrested near Monterrey, where Mexican authorities say
he led a kidnapping gang.
The US suspect is known by two names:
Luís Ricardo González García and Javier Aguirre Cardenas, according to
Mexican law enforcement officials. The sixteen-member gang is blamed for
several violent crimes.
Officials say the suspect was traveling
in a car in an upscale neighborhood on the edge of Monterrey last month
when he was arrested. The suspect was reportedly in possession of a 9mm semi-auto handgun at the time of his arrest.
alleged members of the kidnapping ring also were rounded up last month,
according to police who announced the arrests Monday (November 11).
COMMENT: According to AFP, the
suspected gang leader is accused of ordering the September 25, 2013
kidnapping of Jorge Luís Martínez Martínez, the 70-year-old father of
the mayor of the town of Zuazua, a suburb of Monterrey.
victim was found dead five days later in the neighboring state of
Coahuila even though a ransom had been paid for his release.
While some confusion exists over which branch of the US armed
forces he served in, says the suspect was in the US Army.
During the first nine months of 2013, 1,205 people were abducted in México compared to 1,317 in 2012.
I continue to urge all foreign travelers to México to avoid traveling in the country solo and urge all visitors, regardless of purpose; travel by reliable transportation only and exercise a rigorous sense of personal security awareness.
I particularly discourage foreigners unfamiliar with Mexican criminal tactics from driving in México. A final suggestion: "Trust no one" that you have NOT vetted.
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