Skip to comments.Emergency center head missing: Dispatch director disappears from bus stop [Mexico]
Posted on 08/09/2006 7:34:05 AM PDT by SwinneySwitch
NUEVO LAREDO After a respite of nearly two weeks in the violence that has plagued the Sister City, the head of the local emergency headquarters disappeared under ominous circumstances and a man was found dead in an apparently unrelated incident. C-4 chief José Luis Jácome Moreno, 60, was heading to work Tuesday morning when he was picked up by unknown men at the bus stop near his home in the Infonavit neighborhood, officials said.
The panic button on his police radio was punched at about 6:20 a.m., alerting C-4 as well as other law enforcement agencies of an officer in trouble. Dispatchers immediately tried to reach Jácome, but the radio was turned off as they made contact.
Jácome is experienced in antiterrorism tactics; he has traveled to Israel, the United States and other countries for special training in that area.
Raúl Ramírez, a spokesman for the state attorney generals office, confirmed that Jácome is missing, and a search has been started. There was no sign of the officer as of late Tuesday.
María Moncada Hernández, the mans wife, and their two daughters told police that Jácome bid them goodbye at about 6:10 a.m. as he left to go catch the bus. He had recently taken to using public transportation to get to work rather than his personal vehicle; the bus left him just a half block from his office.
Moncada Hernández said that shortly after her husband left the house, she heard the sound of tires leaving rubber on the pavement.
I heard tires screeching, but I didnt pay any attention, she said. Those kinds of sounds are common.
Earlier this year, Jácomes predecessor was killed when he was raked with machine-gun fire as he was leaving his home to go to work for the day. No one has been arrested in that homicide.
Ramiro Tellez Contreras had handpicked Jácome as his second in command shortly after Tellez was named head of C-4 last year. The two longtime friends had been in charge of public safety under a previous administration.
C-4, the centerpiece of crime-fighting efforts in Nuevo Laredo, is run by state authorities. Located downtown at Héroes de Nacataz and Maclovio Herrera, between Juárez and Morelos streets, the building houses the central dispatch office where the equivalent of 911 calls are received as well as the screens used to monitor police cameras placed around the city.
Recently, in continuing efforts to tighten security, members of the Mexican army have been in charge of monitoring those cameras. C-4 also houses a number of criminal databases used by local, state and federal investigators.
Until Tuesday morning, there hadnt been a homicide in 12 days. The last fatal attack on a police officer was in late May.
On Tuesday morning, the body of Herber Richard Medellín, 27, was found lying in the street near an industrial park on Colosio Boulevard. He had been shot.
Investigators found two 9-mm shell casings, one near the body and another about six feet away. The victim was dressed in a striped polo-type shirt and shorts and was wearing one sandal. The other sandal was found a short distance away.
An autopsy was ordered as required by law.
There have been 147 homicide victims so far this year, compared to 112 at the same time last year. This summer hasnt been nearly as bloody as last years. There were only 11 homicides, including five prison deaths, this July compared with 32 homicides in July 2005.
(Miguel Timoshenkov may be reached at (956) 728-2558 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Los dos Laredos Ping!
Don't worry. These hard-working, church-going, socially conservative immigrants will leave their disrespect for the law and violent customs back in Mexico once they come here as guest workers.
Drug-related, is my guess....
Obviously no job security for these guys. Next Please!
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