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Armed suspect in massacre of US citizens arrested near Arizona border with bound, gagged hostages

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Mexican authorities have reportedly arrested a man near the Arizona border for his suspected involvement in the murder of the nine U.S. citizens who were gunned down and burned to death by a drug cartel earlier this week.

“The Agency for Criminal Investigation said in a statement on Facebook the suspect was found in the town of Agua Prieta, right across the border from Douglas, Arizona,” Fox News confirmed Wednesday morning. “The suspect was holding two hostages who were bound and gagged inside a vehicle. Investigators found four assault rifles and a bulletproof SUV.”

It’s not clear how exactly they apprehended the man.

The agency’s original post may be read below by those who understand Spanish:

LA AMBICION POR EL PODER DE GRUPOS CRIMINALES COBRAN LA VIDA DE 9 PERSONAS Y 4 PERSONAS MENORES DE EDAD MÁS RESULTAN…

Posted by AMIC Sonora on Tuesday, November 5, 2019

“A person was arrested in possession of two .223 long guns, a .308 long gun, ten .223 caliber magazines, a .308 full magazine, and a 50-gauge Barrett long rifle,” a translation of some of the statement above reads. “We are investigating the possibility that the person who was arrested had participated in these terrible events.”

No information has been released yet regarding the identities of the hostages.

The arrest comes two days after a large Mormon family with dual U.S.–Mexican citizenship was ambushed in brazen daylight in the state of Sonora while traveling to a wedding. Among the deceased were six children and three women. A dozen other members of the LeBaron family reportedly remain missing. Some survived.

This is Christina Langford Johnson & her baby Faith and the other pic is Dawna Ray Langford, her husband David, 12 of 13…

Posted by Amber Bostwick on Monday, November 4, 2019

“The victims are U.S. citizens who have lived in a fundamentalist Mormon community in the border region for decades,” The Salt Lake Tribune originally reported. “They were traveling in three separate vehicles when the gunmen attacked, several family members said.”

“They described a terrifying scene in which one child was gunned down while running away, while others were trapped inside a burning car. Two of the children killed were less than a year old, the family members said,” the report added.

The crimes triggered a wave of outrage over not only the deaths of U.S. citizens, but also the allegedly insanely brutal manner in which members of the LeBaron family, including the children, were murdered.

But while Mexican authorities have suggested that perhaps the cartel-linked gunmen had simply mistaken the family’s vehicles for the vehicles of the enemies they’d been targeting, evidence strongly suggests the perpetrators knew exactly what they were doing.

In an interview with CNN, Kendra Lee Miller, whose sister-in-law Rhonita Maria Miller died in the attack, claimed that those who were murdered on Monday were “not the first.”

“Miller told CNN her family has recently been threatened by cartels over where it can travel,” the outlet revealed on Tuesday.

Former Mexican Foreign Minister Jorge Castañeda reportedly added that the family has had conflicts with the cartels for awhile.

“They had stood up to the drug cartels and they did have certain frictions either with the cartels or with neighboring communities over water rights,” he said. “Their long-standing tensions, and apparently the woman who was driving in the first car that was attacked was an activist. She was someone who was very active in her community, defending her family, her fellow members of the community against cartels, on the issue of water rights.”

He further noted that the family had been benefiting from the protection of local authorities since 2011, up until the nation’s government withdrew support earlier this year. The withdrawing of support seems to coincide with the beginning of radically far-left President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s term in office, which began last December.

Speaking of which, the Mexican president has rejected an offer by President Donald Trump for the U.S. to send troops across the border and help his administration take out the cartels once and for all.

In explaining the reason for the rejection, Obrador reportedly spoke of the need for peace. It’s not clear whether his desire for peace with the murderous cartels will provide any actual peace to the relatives of the deceased …

Vivek Saxena

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