Friday, July 1, 2011

26-year-old Suspect Connected to Bus Passenger Kidnappings And Slayings Captured By Mexican Military

Abraham Barrios Caporal

Photo: Milenio/Héctor Tellez

Zeta suspect involved in mass killings in San Fernando, Tamaulipas, Mexico.

By H. Nelson Goodson
July 1, 2011

Mexico City, Mexico - On Thursday, the Secretary of National Defense (Sedena) during a press conference announced the arrest of Abraham Barrios Caporal, 26, aka, "Erasmo," an alleged kidnapper and mass murderer connected to the graves found in San Fernando, Tamaulipas. Caporal, a confessed Zeta member was taken into custody Tuesday by the military in the city of Coatzacoalos, Veracruz. Three other suspects were also taken into custody with Caporal, according to Sedena.
Authorities say, Caporal confessed to following orders from Salvador Alfonso Martinez Escobedo, aka, "La Ardilla" to commit the mass murders and had acted as second in command for Martin Omar Estrada Luna, aka, "El Kilo" in the city of Méndez, Tamaulipas.
Since April, at least 193 bodies have been found in more than 45 mass graves in San Fernando, Tamaulipas. Authorities say, that 73 Zeta members, including 16 municipal police officers had been arrested in connection with the 193 homicides.
In mid June, the military arrested Edgar Huerta Montiel, aka, "El Wache," the Zeta leader in charge of San Fernando.
The suspects were also implicated with 72 homicides back in August 2010. The bodies of 72 people from El Salvador Honduras, Guatemala, Ecuador and Brazil were found in mass graves in San Fernando. The murders were committed by orders of Heriberto Lascano, the main Zeta leader, Sedena reported.
Caporal and most of the Zeta members had fled to Veracruz in April 2011 to avoid arrest for the killings.

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