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Mexican Police Arrest Man Suspected of Murdering Photo Journalist

August 7, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Mexican Police Arrest Man Suspected of Murdering Photo Journalist

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The Mexico City district attorney’s office announced on Wednesday,  the arrest of a man suspected in last week’s murders of photojournalist Ruben Espinosa and four women.

Authorities identified The suspect from a fingerprint found inside the apartment where the murders occurred, District Attorney Rodolfo Rios said in a press conference.

Prosecutors will now a 48 hour time line, which can be extended  by an additional 48 hours, to discern whether to charge suspect, who has prior convictions for rape and assault and battery, with the four murders or he will have to be released.

Meanwhile, One of the four slain victims was identified by Colombian consular officials, as a Colombian citizen.

The woman’s identity has been withheld.

Rios also revealed Tuesday three people have been identified as the prime suspects based on security footage showing them leaving the apartment where they slayings occurred.

He added that all lines of investigation remain open.

Espinosa and the four women, including rights activist Nadia Vera, were found with gunshot wounds. Their bodies contained signs of torture last Friday at an apartment in the central Mexico City neighborhood of Narvarte.

Espinosa, who fled the capital due to death threats and harassment, worked for the Cuartoscuro photo agency and the Proceso newsweekly.

He recently returned to Mexico City in June after eight years as a journalist in Xalapa, capital of the Gulf coast state of Veracruz.

The murders are viewed as afresh blow to the media profession in Mexico, one of the world’s most dangerous countries for journalists, and they also come as a shock to residents of this capital, a metropolis less hard hit by organized crime-related violence than other areas of the country. EFE

 

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