Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Mexican Nationals in the News

3rd man arrested in freeway shooting death of boy
Jan 29, 2007 08:39 AM EST
U.S. Marshals have arrested a third man in connection with the shooting death of a 12-year-old boy that may have stemmed from an illegal-immigrant smuggling deal gone sour.
Saul Juarez, 19, was arrested at a relative's apartment in Tucson and was taken to the Pima County jail Sunday.
Juarez will be extradited to San Bernardino County on charges related to the homicide.
California authorities already have arrested two men in connection with the Dec. 11 shooting death of 12-year-old Gabriel Garcia of Hesperia, Calif.
Pedro Escobedo, 43, turned himself in three days after the shooting. He has pleaded not guilty to felony murder charges.
Authorities arrested another man, 23-year-old Luis Chavira, in the slaying on Jan. 12.
Garcia died at a hospital days after he was shot in the head and leg while he was in a car on Interstate 215.
Authorities originally thought the shooting was an act of road rage, but in court documents, a man indicated it stemmed from an illegal-immigrant smuggling deal gone bad.
Gregorio Hernandez, 32, said he was driving the car in which the boy was riding along with two illegal immigrants and a friend, who planned to hand over the immigrants to family members in exchange for $40 each.
A dispute arose when they stopped in a parking lot to make the transfer with people in a second car, leading to a 10-mile chase during which shots were fired, Hernandez said.
22 people taken into custody at suspected immigrant drophouse
PHOENIX -- Nearly two dozen people believed to be illegal immigrants, including a pregnant woman, were taken into custody Monday evening after an assault victim led authorities to a suspected drophouse.
At least one of the 22 people taken from the home was a suspected smuggler of the immigrants, said Sgt. Andy Hill, a Phoenix police spokesman.
Hill said police responded to a 911 call Monday afternoon that a man was beaten by three other men who then fled in a truck.
The victim later led police to the nearby drophouse and said there were a number of people inside including two men with weapons, according to Hill.
Police units surrounded the west Phoenix home and got all the people out safely but did not find any weapons other than a pit bull inside, Hill said.
Migrant was likely killed by border bandits, officials say
02:32 PM MST on Monday, January 29, 2007
Jan 29, 2:04 PM EST
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- An illegal immigrant whose body was found last week in southern Arizona was likely shot by border bandits in July, a sheriff's department spokeswoman said Monday.
A man crossing the border illegally found the body of a friend Wednesday and called the victim's family. The family called Mexican officials, who called U.S. authorities and touched off a search to recover the body, which was found Friday.
Pima County Sheriff's Deputy Dawn Barkman said that in July, a group of illegal immigrants was approached by border bandits as they were crossing in an area about 25 miles south of Tucson that is known for bandit activity. Gangs of bandits roam various areas along the Arizona-Mexico border to prey on migrants crossing the border.
The migrants scattered to try to escape the bandits, Barkman said.


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