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Guatemalan Interior Minister highlights capture of gang member

Guatemala, Apr 23 (Prensa Latina) Guatemalan Interior Minister Francisco Jiménez highlighted the capture of an alleged member of the Barrio 18 gang linked to crimes against women, a problem that tarnished his administration.

On his X profile, the head of the Interior Ministry wrote that last week, the fight between these organizations left very crude scenes.

He referred on Tuesday to the arrest of his primary target and alleged perpetrator of several of these events in the capital’s Mixco municipality.

In relation to the case, the National Civil Police identified this person as Erick “N”, 23 years old, captured during one of the prevention patrols in the Carolingia neighborhood, zone 6 of that demarcation.

“The alleged gang member, upon observing the agents, tried to flee with a nine millimeter caliber pistol with a frosted registration number, which he had in his hands”, the spokesman of the military force in the country, Edwin Monroy, explained.

He added that this individual has an arrest warrant issued by a Guatemalan court for conspiracy to commit murder and illicit association.

In addition, he was imprisoned for drug distribution in September 2020, on that occasion was arrested in the same neighborhood; and another for illicit association and conspiracy to murder in July 2021, also in zone 6 of Mixco.

The spokesman explained that it is being investigated if he is involved in acts against life and extortion coordination. Jiménez, who took office on January 15, ratified on several occasions the commitment of the new authorities of that portfolio to combat this last problem and organized crime in the nation.