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Police in Mexican border state of Coahuila accused of beating innocent kidnapping suspect

February 20, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Police in Mexican border state of Coahuila accused of beating innocent kidnapping suspect

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Mexican officials are investigating members of the Fuerza Coahuila police force in connection with the beating of an allegedly innocent man during an abduction investigation in Coahuila.

The allegations came to light this week by the wife of Tomas Puente Castillon, who alleged that her husband had suffered a beating and held for hours by the Fuerza Coahuila police force, according to Breitbart Texas.

The Fuerza Coahuila officers went to Puente’s home in the Roma area after learning that kidnappers were holding a victim for ransom. Preliminary information indicates that the officers were trying to force Puente a confession out of the suspect and wanted him to reveal details about the abduction. Reports referred to Puente as a local radiologist with no apparent ties to organized crime.

In January, prosecutors arrested a member of the elite cartel hunting unit called GATES. Officials named the police officer as Marco Antonio Medina Gandara. State prosecutors took the officer into custody for the kidnapping of Victor Manuel Guajardo Rivas in 2013.

During that incident, authorities raided Guajardo’s home and took the man, and he hasn’t been heard from since.

Authorities have previously arrested another GATES member named Juan Jose “El Ala” Martinez-Salas in connection with that abduction and others.

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