Military operation in Rosarito

Translated by Fulano from an article in Rosarito en la Noticia.

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Monday morning, January 8, 2018, there was a surprise operation carried out by the Mexican military, in coordination with the ministerial police of Playas de Rosarito.

After two robberies on the Scenic Highway, where the thieves placed rocks and damaged vehicles to get the driver to stop and get out to what happened. The criminals were hidden and jumped out of their hiding place in the emergency lane and with a machete in hand, they beat and robbed their victims.

In the second case, it was an Italian tourist who had just arrived in Mexico from the United States and had crossed over the Cross Border Xpress bridge, rented a car at the airport to come to Rosarito.

He was ambushed in the same way early last Sunday morning. Some people who had seen the publication in Rosarito en la Noticia were driving right behind the tourist’s car.

Knowing what was happening on the Scenic Highway, they saw the activity of the suspicious people. They stopped and the assailants started to flee, one hand a machete in hand, and they called 911.

By coincidence a municipal police patrol was nearby and arrived quickly and managed to arrest one suspect who was fleeing with a machete.

The municipal police showed the suspect to the victim and he was clearly identified as the person who had threatened the victim was the machete and demanded his belongings. The suspect said his name was Miguel “N,” and was turned over to the Public Minister. The suspect was wearing black pants, a black sweater and a black hat.

In the first hour of the military operation, they arrested two suspects. One had an order for re-arrest and the other had an outstanding arrest warrant. They also recovered a stolen vehicle. The soldiers placed roadblocks at different parts of the city and in areas which are considered hangouts for criminals, such as Plazas San Fernando and at the entrance to Rosarito, in front of the Pabellón.

They announced that the operations will be continuous in the city and Primo Tapia. For her part, Mayor Mirna Rincón welcomed these actions as there are insufficient municipal police in Rosarito.

That day there were at least 100 soldiers deployed in different colonia and troubled areas. It was announced that over the next few days there will be new operations in high crime areas of the city.