ALREDO AZCARATE VARELA
THE BAJA POST/EDITOR
Resulting of thorough police investigation by the Public Ministry, the State Attorney General (FGE) of Baja California, managed to arraign two Tijuana PD cops, Esteban “N” and Martín “N” to trial and preventive detention, accused of kidnapping a merchant who hasn´t been located, and as alleged perpetrators they were arraigned and will face trial in jail.
Events occurred on September 1, when the victim, a Tijuana merchant, was driving along the Trans-peninsular Highway and September 16th Street, Colonia Libertad, when a Tijuana PD pick-up patrol, pulled him over and ordered him to get out of the car, they immediately handcuffed and placed him in the rear cabin of the pickup.
They left the scene, an officer drove the victim’s car in an unknown direction, it’s important to stress that the police officers did not report the arrest or the events through the Central PD radio frequency, and there are no clues to determine the victim’s whereabouts since that moment, so it´s most likely that he won´t be found alive.
After learning the facts, the Public Ministry, attached to the FGE’s Specialized Unit for the Investigation and Prosecution of Crimes of Forced Disappearance of Persons, requested, as first step of the criminal process, an arrest warrant for both Tijuana PD cops.
On September 22, the FGE obtained and executed the arrest warrant against the two bad police officers who took advantage of their authority to commit crimes.
FGE Director, Ricardo Iván Carpio Sánchez, has requested to double efforts in the investigation that is being carried out for this crime, above all, until the missing merchant is located and he pledged to exercise the full weight of the Law against whoever is responsible, the two alleged Kidnapper Cops and whoever turns out to be an accomplice in this very regretful case.
This is the result of inter-institutional coordination, commitment of the corporations that make up the Security Table chaired by Governor Marina del Pilar Ávila Olmeda, which main goals are to guarantee security and avoid impunity.
During the arraignment hearing, the judge set a four-month term for investigation, so the next hearing will be in mid-January 2023, while the Agent of the Public Ministry presented evidence collected in the search carried out at the home of the accused, as well as other evidence, which “weighed” to determine the arraignment for both detainees, the FGE outlined the fact that Tijuana PD has been very helpful all along the investigation.