MEXICO CITY – The suspected mastermind of the abduction and murder of 13 young people snatched from a bar in this capital’s upscale Zona Rosa district was arrested, Mexican authorities said Thursday.
Javier Rodriguez Fuentes was apprehended Wednesday in Nextlalpan, Mexico state, capital deputy district attorney Edmundo Porfirio Garrido told the media.
Nine other suspects told investigators that Rodriguez Fuentes ordered and took part in the May 26, 2013, kidnapping from the Heaven bar of 13 people who were found slain three months later, the prosecutor said.
Rodriguez Fuentes has a federal criminal record for drug offenses and the police who arrested him seized more than 2,000 Ecstasy tablets and a quantity of crack cocaine, Garrido said.
The detention of Rodriguez Fuentes brings to 24 the number of people facing charges for the Heaven murders, the deputy district attorney said.
The remains of the 13 people abducted from the Heaven bar were found last August in a clandestine grave in Tlalmanalco, Mexico state.
The grave – covered with cement, asbestos and lime – was discovered by detectives working on a case unrelated to the Heaven kidnappings.
Investigators say the mass kidnapping and killings were in reprisal for the May 24, 2013, murder of Horacio Vite Angel, a reputed member of the La Union de Insurgentes drug gang, by the rival La Union de Tepito gang.
One of the people taken from the bar and killed, 16-year-old Jerzy Ortiz, was the son of Jorge “El Tanque” Ortiz Reyes, the jailed boss of La Union de Tepito, officials said.
Tepito is the crime-ridden downtown Mexico City neighborhood where most of the victims lived.