Baja California Sur ministerial police beat a minor to get a confession

Translated by Fulano from an article in El Sudcaliforniano.

November 27, 2102 – Ciudad Constitución, Baja California Sur.- Mrs. Esmeralda Cepeda Talamantes appeared before this newspaper yesterday to complain about abuse of authority against her son, a 16-year old minor, by the commander and a ministerial policeman who are based in Puerto San Carlos, Baja California Sur.

The mother said that her son was taken and beaten early yesterday morning by members of the state ministerial police, under the command of Esaú Ricalday, who took the minor from the municipal police patrol.

The youth was detained as he was heading for his home by municipal police, who then took him to the ministerial police offices, where as he arrived the commander told him, verbatim, “how nice of you, I was looking for you and now you will see just who I am.”

They handcuffed the minor and put him on his knees and then told him they were going to give him an opportunity to confess to the robbery of a laptop computer from the offices of the Harbormaster, urging him to sign a confession.

The minor, who accompanied his mother to the newspaper offices, said that while the ministerial police agents were beating him, he told them he had nothing to do with the robbery, but the ministerial police kept slapping him to get him to confess that he was the author of the crime.

It was at 10AM in the morning when his mother, Esmeralda Cepeda Talamantes, learned that her son had been detained and went to the Public Prosecutor’s offices, where she could not find the chief Public Prosecutor, Omar Rubén González Rubio. According to his secretary, he had left for Cíudad Constitución.

She waited there until she spoke to her workplace at 11AM and asked her brother to come represent her as she had to go to work. It was not until 2PM that the minor was released.

The minor’s mother said that her son was detained for almost 12 hours, and when they released him for lack of evidence, the commander said they would let him go, but that he should help in the investigation of who had stolen the electronic device.


Tijuana man, deported from the US, kills his baby daughter because she was crying

Translated by Fulano from an article in El Mexicano.

TIJUANA – Irving and Laura are in jail. He is responsible for the death of his two-month old daughter, who he beat with the consent of his spouse.

The Deputy Prosecutor Attorney Against Organized Crime, through the homicide unit, determined that both are responsible for the death of their baby, Clara Bravo Ramírez.

The baby died last Friday, November 16. She arrived almost lifeless at the General Hospital aboard a Red Cross ambulance.

The crime occurred at house Number 4, located on avenida Benito Juárez in eljido Lázaro Cárdenas, when Irving Bravo Fierros, alias “El Wiked,” originally from Nayarit and 27 years old, was alone at the home with his daughter.

According to the ministerial police agent’s investigation, it was at 7:30PM when his wife, Laura Ramírez Olvera, 22, and her 3-year old daughter left the house.

Claudia woke up and started to cry. This disturbed “El Wiked,” who went to the bed where the baby lay and hit her on the head with the knuckle of the middle finger on his right hand.

But this did not stop the baby from crying, on the contrary, there were more cries. He returned to hit her again and then put a baby bottle in her mouth to stop her from crying.

The mother returned home and asked Irving if the baby had awakened, to which he said she had not. But, she went to the bed and saw the child in a serious condition.

After determining the cause of death of the baby, medical authorities reported the case to the Public Prosecutor, whose Ministerial Police agents arrested the couple. They confessed that it was not the first time that Irving beat the baby and the other three-year old child.

In the autopsy report, the pathologist determined that the baby died due to brain damage.

It should be noted that Irving Bravo Fierros was deported from the United States in 2007, where he was arrested for possession of drugs and car theft.


Sex abuse scandal in Colegio Mission in Cabo San Lucas – American students affected

Translated by Fulano from an article in Colectivo Pericú.

San José del Cabo, B.C.S.- After accusations by girls at Colegio Mission in San José del Cabo were made public, which pointed out what could be considered indecent assault committed by the school’s physical education teacher, Carlo Roberto Romero Peña, reporters from the American NBC network and its affiliate, Telemundo, showed up at the school to ask for an interview with the school’s director, Carla González.

However, they were turned away by Colego Mission personnel, who said the reporters were, “inventing things,” then they said “they could find themselves with problems,” although later they admitted that the person who did that, “left the College the moment it was uncovered.”

The abuse of the primary school girls at the college is documented with criminal complaints SJC/335/SEX/2012, SJC/341/SEX/2012 and SJC/342/SEX/2012.

To publicize the problem, the television network reporters who were covering the movie festival in the city yesterday were assigned the case, due to the fact there are relatives of American citizens who are also affected by the lewd acts which, according to the statements and indications of the girls, were committed by Carlo Roberto Romero Peña.

The person in charge of public relations at Colegio Mission was to have an interview with the school’s director, Carla González, to explain how the events occurred and what the institution is doing to help the affected girls.


81-year old American woman robbed at gunpoint in Rosarito

Translated by Fulano from a news article in Frontera.

Two subjects violently entered an artisan products business named Curios Panchos, where they managed to relieve an 81-year old customer inside of her belongings.

According to the report, at 5PM two masked men broke into the business, the first was wearing blue pants and a grey sweatshirt, and the other was wearing black pants and a grey sweatshirt.

The assailants immediately pointed their weapons at customers and salespeople, taking from one a wallet with $150 dollars and credit cards, another of the salespersons was robbed of 200 pesos and identification.

One of those affected was Diana Miller Call, an 81-year old tourist, who was robbed of $43 dollars and a gold chain with a cross while the other employees were tied hand and feet.

Finishing their work, the assailants fled from the rear of the store, and then one of those assaulted called the police and the Red Cross, whose services were fortunately not needed.


Newly issued Mexican immigration regulations are bad news for Americans

On May 25th, 2011, Mexico published its new immigration law. While technically the law went into effect when it was published, due to the fact that the technical regulations on how to apply the law had not yet been written, the law had exemptions delaying its effect until the regulations were finalized and published for the record. The regulations went through a draft and public comment period, and have now been published and went into effect on November 1, 2012

Some parts of the new immigration law will affect Americans who plan to obtain Mexican visas to retire and live in Mexico. More specifically, Mexico has changed the income requirements for pensioners wanting to live there.

The law changes the types of visas. The new visas names are:

Visitante (visitor), formerly called FMM.
Residente Temporal (temporary resident), formerly called FM-3 and FM-2.
Residente Permanente (permanent resident), formally called Immigrado.

Residente Temporal applications for retirees and pensioners. Applicants must submit documents proving they meet one of the following requirements:

1. Original and copy of proof of investments or bank accounts with average monthly balance equivalent to 20,000 days of the minimum wage in the Federal District during the last twelve months, or

2. Original and copies of documents showing the applicant has monthly employment or unencumbered pension income greater than 400 days of the minimum wage in the Federal District, for the past six months.

The legal minimum daily wage in the Federal District in 2012 is 62.33 pesos, so 400 times that is 24,932 pesos, or $1,890 dollars at today’s exchange rate of 13.19 pesos to the dollar. This amount is increased by 25% for a spouse. So, a married couple applying for the new Residente Temporal visa are required to have a minimum monthly income of $2,365.

20,000 days minimum wage is 1,246,600 pesos, or $94,500 dollars.

An applicant for Residente Permanente must show either the same 20,000 days minimum wage in investments or a monthly employment or pension income of 500 times the minimum wage. That would be $2,365 dollars per month of income. A married couple would require $2,835 per month of income.

Prior to this change, an applicant for an FM-3 was required to demonstrate a monthly income of 250 times the minimum daily wage and an applicant for an FM-2 was required to have 400 times the minimum wage. In other words, the new regulations have increased the income requirement for a temporary resident visa by 60%, and a permanent resident visa has increased by 25%.

The application fees for the visas have also increased. A Residente Temporal visa now costs 3,130 pesos ($237) for a single year, whereas prior to the change, the costs were 1,455 pesos ($110) for the FM-3 and 2,282 pesos ($173) for the FM-2.

The average US social security benefit paid in 2012 was $1,230 per month. As such, the average pensioner in the US would not qualify for a temporary resident visa in Mexico without another source of income.


American Citizen Brutally Murdered While in Custody of the Mexican Police

Well, the Mexican police first said Anton Alferov beat himself to death in a jail cell. Friends and family said officials then changed their story to explain the death, saying he fought with inmates.

Anton Alferov, a 35 year old naturalized American citizen originally from Russia, has died on October 29th in the custody of Mexican police under suspicious circumstances. Although the cause of death is still unknown, Mr. Alferov received blunt-force trauma while in police custody in Acapulco, Mexico.

Anton Alferov

Anton Alferov – before and after

Mr. Alferov was a professional circus athlete and worked for Sea World Orlando, FL for many years and toured with Cirque du Soleil show OVO. He moved to Acapulco, Mexico in April 2012, entering the country on a US passport. He opened an acrobatic school “Extreme-Cirque”, teaching gymnastics and acrobatics. He often gave free lessons to local children at the Acapulco Sports Center.

According to Mexican authorities, Mr. Alferov was initially arrested for breaking and entering, and while in detention “went crazy.” The allegations go further to state that Mr. Alferov threw himself against the walls and bars of the cell, ripped a toilet out of the floor, and finally succumbed to his “self-inflicted” wounds.

Mexican media reports that police are keeping an extremely tight lid on this case not even releasing the case number to the journalists. According to Mr. Alferov’s family and friends, he did not suffer from any mental disorders, nor had any issues with alcohol or illegal drugs.

Mr. Alferov’s family fears that the Mexican government plans to cremate his body without their permission to cover up any foul play. Mr. Alferov’s family wishes to have the body sent back to the United States so an official autopsy can be performed. The United States Embassy has been contacted to assist with this matter, but at this point not assistance has been rendered.

Officials in Alferov’s native country, Russia, have reportedly opened up their own investigation.