Monday, January 23, 2012

Mexican Zeta Homicide Fugitive Barraza Bocanegra Evades Justice For Killing Activist Escobedo Ortiz In Chihuahua

More than a year has passed and alleged Escobedo Ortiz killers remain at large in the state of Chihuahua in Mexico.

By H. Nelson Goodson
January 23, 2012

Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico - Sergio Rafael Barraza Bocanegra, 25, and a 30-year-old accomplice who allegedly were involved in several homicides remain at large. Bocanegra, an alleged Zeta member previously confessed to murdering Rubí Marisol Frayre Escobedo, 16, and is also implicated in hiring an accomplice to murder her mother, Marisela Escobedo Ortiz, 52, on December 16, 2010.
Last year, the Chihuahua state Attorney General's Office (PGR) recovered a handgun used in the Escobedo Ortiz murder. The handgun used was a semi-automatic 9mm, Sig Saber model P239, which was implicated in 12 other homicides as well. Mexican authorities say, ballistic tests indicated the gun was used in 12 homicides between April to August 2011, including the Escobedo Ortiz murder.
The PGR in Chihuahua released the sketch of the alleged 30-year-old suspect who shot Escobedo Ortiz several times including a fatal shot to the head. The PGR is offering $3 million pesos ($230,770 U.S.) for information leading to the arrest of the 30-year-old suspect. Authorities have identified the suspect, but have yet to release the suspect's name.
The Mexican government is offering $5 million pesos ($384,616 U.S.) for information leading to Bocanegra's arrest. Bocanegra is accused of taking part in the planned killing of Escobedo Ortiz on December 16 and the September 2008 murder of Frayre Escobedo. He had confessed to killing Frayre Escobedo and even led police to a hog farm where her dismembered body was found.
Bocanegra is believed to be leaving with his new girlfriend and several kids in Fresnillo, Zacatecas, Mexico, according to Escobedo Ortiz' family.
The day Escobedo Ortiz was killed, she was outside the Chihuahua state government building in the city of Chihuahua for nine days staging a protest and demanding justice from Governor César Duarte and the Chihuahua Attorney General's Office.

(Building video of chase and murder of Escobedo Ortiz at link: )

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