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Juarez copkiller may be a U.S. Army soldier

Friday, December 9, 2011 |


The media in Cd Juarez is reporting that authorities have confirmed alleged copkiller Gilberto Manuel Estupiñán Aguirre (left), age 20, is an active duty soldier in the U.S. Army.

The media In Ciudad Juarez and the state of Chihuahua are reporting that one of three "sicarios" arrested Wednesday after the armed robbery of a gasoline station in this border city is an active duty U.S. Army soldier.

According to authorities after their arrest the three men confessed to taking part in the murders of four Juarez police officers this year.

The men have been identified as Jesús Rubio González, age 24; Gilberto Manuel Estupiñán Aguirre, age 20; and César Benito Betancourt Griego, age 26.

Authorities claim that Gilberto Manuel Estupiñán identified himself as a soldier in the U.S. Army during his arrest and that his status was confirmed by police personnel.

The three men were in a blue Honda Accord at the time of their arrest and were in possession of a 9mm handgun and ammunition and a spare magazine for an AK-47 assault type weapon, in addition to a small amount of drugs and a bottle of Buchanon's whiskey.

The three men are alleged to have taken part in the murder of Juarez municipal police officers Joaquín Avendaño Pineda, Vidal Zatarain Valdez and Gabriel Avitia on the afternoon of September 7, 2011. The officers were intercepted by gunmen in two pickups while returning home at the end of their shift.

The three men are also alleged to have murdered municipal police officer Cordero Mireles, who was attacked and killed a day later on September 8, 2011.

At the time authorities had reported that evidence indicated the same group of gunmen were involved in both attacks.

sources:
http://www.diario.com.mx/notas.php?f=2011/12/08&id=1ff4ea6730145d8884b834042fe0a555
http://www.milenio.com/cdb/doc/noticias2011/97186011b1e2c6897862b4e1b20d70d2
http://www.lapoliciaca.com/nota-roja/en-alerta-policia-municipal-por-ataques-contra-agentes/

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49 Borderland Beat Comments:

J said...

lol at bottle of bucchanns. hilarious. Seems like the Juarez lower level guys are just running wild in the city. Remember the Christmas time extortion last year?

Anonymous said...

military justice system will make him squeel like a pig

Anonymous said...

Very interesting article, but incomplete...lots of questions & answers from both sides of the border should be forthcoming in the very near future (hopefully)...

Anonymous said...

pendejos...

Anonymous said...

Active duty US military! Mexico You have my permission to execute this pos as he has violated everything that US military men and women swear an oath to defend.

Anonymous said...

I don't understand... they get caught robbing a gas station so they confess to killing a cop? Does that seem odd to anyone here?

Anonymous said...

This website copied this article verbatim. LOL

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Anonymous said...

Es que a este pendejjo lo acaban de regresar de pakistan y como los gringos les gusta matar inocentes pues no queria perder tecnica entonces se vino a mexico a practicar tiro al blanco con inicentes que parecian de pakistan, al fin los gringos le van a pedir a calderon que se los regrese para "juzgarlo" ellos en usa. Juzgar? ?? Jajjajajajajajajaja pudrete felipe calderon tu y tu familia y tus mice friends.fakkk you.

Anonymous said...

The US Army regulations will never allow a soldier to grow a beard, you must be clean shaved by 6:00 am morning formation. So I think this soldier went AWOL.

Anonymous said...

Well the US Army is NOT the US MARINE CORPS. Were these people arrested in Juarez or El Paso?These Men are fine examples of all that is wrong they need to simply be removed,rehab my ass.

Capo said...

@5:26
sad to say, but many parts of Mexico consider stealing a worse offense than killing someone.

Anonymous said...

I agree, if this guy is on active duty, he is either awol, on leave or is in the reserves or national guard.

Anonymous said...

@ 6:14

yeah right. I'm sure you would see any one of these 3 guys walking down the street and say "Hey, that guy looks like a gringo." Ellos se ven como los pakistanies !!!

Perder tecnica? Uhhh, we've never left 36 bodies in rush hour traffic yet.

Inicentes? Donde aprendiste a escribir en Espanol? I'm not even Hispanic and can write in Spanish better than that.

Al fin, write with some logic or stay on the narco blog thread on your favorite Gerardo Ortiz [sic] song.

Anonymous said...

@7:01 AM
your right the USMC is worse than the army every 1 up here always tells me im crazy when i say half of them are just criminals themselves i live right next to a marine base and most of em join because the cant find no job and couldn't go to collage so people need to stop acting like they are all great people who would sacrifice there lives for us SOME ARE but half of em do it for the check lets be real. Ive had marines tell me that there Sargent would say if your gonna do drugs to do coke so it wont pop up on drug test because it leaves the system fast what kind of shit is that U.S. armed forces sniffin coke but all u say they could stop the drug war?

Anonymous said...

These dumb asses "andaban de paranda" got pulled over - now they pinning all this crap on them.. You'll say/agree to anything when your getting your ass beat.

Anonymous said...

December 9, 2011 6:17 AM .Boo Hoo Hoo...USA,is to blame for everything!A Mexican,who makes his living out of the US Army,kills a couple of Mexican Police officers,with Mexican buddies,and guess what people whine about?The USA,,,,not the crime,not Mexicans killing Mexicans,but the US Army.You crying little bitches,the story is Police Officers getting killed,but never mind that.One of them was in the US Army,that overrides the actual crime?Use your fucking heads,Mexico is going down in a shitstorm of violence,and you keep whining and whining about the USA.Its the new world order isn't it,Its the Illuminati,its this,its that,blah,blah,blah,its Mexicans destroying Mexicans,,,err no its not.

Anonymous said...

@ December 9, 2011 8:23 AM ."I'm not even Hispanic and can write in Spanish better than that".SO FUCKIN WHAT,what are you everyone's favorite teacher?You little crank,no one cares,fuck off to yt and correct everyone's grammar.

Anonymous said...

Dude on left dnt look 20 r u sure it aint guy in red in the middle???

Anonymous said...

hi...i'm a Canadian female who stumbled across BB and BDN about 2yrs ago...at first i was horrified at the brutal, sadistic murders in Mexico...few in Canada know that 50,000 people have been tortured, beheaded (frick'n so gross) and dismembered (so awful even typing these words)...but, what I'd like to know is how and why is it that everyone 'siscario' or 'hawk' etc captured always CONFESS...surely, they're not all tortured by the Mexican police and army....?! These guys are supposed to be tough and merciless so why are they all 'snitching' when arrested?

Personally, I feel sick and sorry for many of the 'perpetrators' because no one would truly want to live like that...stealing, kidnapping, drugs, torturing, killing mayors, police, cartel members....the only reason most participate in the sickening gruesome violence is to survive and not be perceived as weak.

These people are desparate to earn a living...they have no goals, no hopes...likely no education and no opportunities...it is so sad. In Canada, killing a police officer or mayor is unconscionable...yet, it is the reality in Mexico due to the drug consumption of places like Canada, U.S.A.

Please, if you are involved in drugs or kidnapping and hurting people, try somehow to get to school for education...and improve your life...i feel helpless to your plight and misery. God Bless the people of Mexico.

Anonymous said...

@ 9:42

Ya gotta admit he has a point. These three guys look more like Pakistanis than gringos. Jajajaj thats a good one

Anonymous said...

@9:42 am. Yea ur right y'all haven't left 36 bodies in rush hour traffic. Y'all do much worse. Like bomb whole cities filled with innocent women and children. Like what happened in Nagasaki and Hiroshima. Atleast the japs had tha decency to attack soldiers who were trained to fight.

Anonymous said...

The whiskey is only a $20.00 bottle and these Culos look like BUMS that live under a bridge ...Dam why do they dress so stupid !! Dam Bums !!!!

Anonymous said...

@5:26 a.m. Who says Sentry didn't copy this article? Many of their articles are from other sources.

Anonymous said...

Your a idiot my brother in law wanted to join the marines since a kid, he had a nice job before that he was working in a hospital.... he was like 25 when he joined because his mother didnt want him to join yeah there is some gangsters, and people who join because they have no jobs but the majority are all kids fresh outta highschool who wanted to join so stfu

Anonymous said...

Bucanas is for wana be gangsters. You don't have to be a citizen to be in the army, they let greencard holders in too. Quick path to citizenship. The Muslim look seems to be the rage with the frontera mafioso crowd. They are just loosers that probably got beat by the police into a confession.

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Anonymous said...

@12:26 PM

I guess you don't know anything about Japanese soldiers using innocent Chinese civilians for bayonet practice? Sanctioned, no, encouraged, by their military leaders. Careful who you point fingers at when it comes to the brutality of war. All sides are usually guilty.

Anonymous said...

Anon December 9, 2011 11:04 AM,"Canadian Female",thank you for the blessings.I live in Mexico I know why my people are killing eachother...& its not because they lack school education.I know ppl with diplomas,college educated & it didnt stop them from participating in trafficking drugs.the majority of the victims are NOT innocent...im not justifying their deaths,but understand this...everyone involved in the drug business knows there is only 2 endings to their careers,prison or cemetery.yes they are desperate...but they know the consecuences they will pay..

Anonymous said...

December 9, 2011 11:04 AM Canadian female

These guys are supposed to be tough and merciless so why are they all 'snitching' when arrested?

Every one all over the world is tough when you have more people or better equipment to fight, but once is the other way around everything is different. Many mother fuckers only men up in numbers.

Anonymous said...

these men need to be sent back to USA so the Goverment of the US can prosecute to the letter of the law

Anonymous said...

@Anonymous said...
@7:01 AM

I think someone is BSing you, I'm retired Military and most don't join the Marines because they can't find a job, no they join the Army because being a Marine is too hard for most people. As far as Coke is concerned, the test the military uses can detect Coke for 60 days after ingestion, seen a few kids get busted that way and these test are so random, you will get busted sooner or later and you never know when someone will walk up to you and tell you "it's time for a piss test".

Anonymous said...

@ 11:04 AM...The Mexican Police, Feds and Military torture the hell out of people. They also kidnap them never to be seen again. Many of them innocent people. They are vicious, and malicious and usually are working for higher ups in the cartels. They get instant confessions because the use brutal torture techniques that will make innocent men plea guilty. This is why so many of the true criminals are released, forced confessions. They are notorious for finding a guilty party in high profile crimes and it is just some poor loser at the wrong place at the wrong time. Sometimes they do this to cover their own tracks. I hope this answers your question.

Anonymous said...

December 9, 2011 7:14 PM..you are right!dont forget our law enforcement works different.they WILL make you talk...even make up stories...anon December 9, 2011 8:11 PM...you are RIGHT on the money!

Anonymous said...

@12/9/11 8:08pm Marines only look good on parades. Why they don't have SOG'S or DELTAS? Because they can't take such a tough training. The most they have is RECON Units. And 90% of them are not even jump qualified. That why most of them drug junkies join the Marines. That's why the government wants to put deploy the Army along the Mexican border, because the Marines won't do any good!

Anonymous said...

I wont go into who I am or what I do. Both the Marines and Army have the best and brightest of the country. I, like I'm sure most people didn't join based on who's the toughest, but rather which one offered me the job I wanted. With that I will say that ALL organizations also have their dirtbag soldiers, at all levels and in all units. Also remember that we are an all volunteer force, regardless of your background or diposition you volunteer of your own fee will.

As far as the article is concerned, I'm just curious if BB will keep us updated on this guy. I'm really interested in how the Army will treat this case.

Anonymous said...

@12/10/11 10:09 AM Thanks for your comment. I'm an Army Vet, I was an Airborne Ranger with the 75th Ranger Regiment, and completely agree with what you posted. Thanks and God Bless. AIRBORNE!!!!

Anonymous said...

Each branch of service trains and.specialize in different ways of combat; for example Army can not do amphibious assaults on beaches like Marines do,and Air Force have their own special services like the Para-Rescue, that's why thru every war main campaigns they all get and work together to achieve victory. Just read about the massive assault in Normandy during WWII. America, the USA Love it -or leave it!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

1 group of bad apple americans, that's to say the cop wasn't dirty, and these boys were doing a side job. Copared to a whole nation of men and women willing to kill neighbors and law enforcement. Please this is a non issue. Americans have done worse and gotten away with it. Without our preciouss Marines, Army, Air Force, Navy. There is no mexico to fight over, there wouldbe no drugs to sell to american demand. Without american military your precious cartels would also not have any weapons or grenades to kill everyone with. Why don't we send it the marines first to mexico see who wins. See which side has brotherhood and will fight along side eachother just because of our flag. Can't wait till they give us the green light to invade or "cleanse" mexico. Sad excuse of a nation.

Anonymous said...

@ December 10, 2011 3:40 PM listen Jethro,learn how to spell & cleanse your country before even dreaming of cleansing ours!Our ppl kill eachother for respect,for money(I wont deny that)!Why do your serial killers & serial rapists do what they do?Could it be the in-breeding amongst you?You do have a point,I must admit..."Americans have done worse and gotten away with it"...for too long if you ask me!

Anonymous said...

@12/10/11 8:01pm. Exactly! They all worked together. Air Force provided air support and bombers, Army provided infantry divisions and the Navy provided marines, transport ships and the amphibious boats the Army did not have. THEY ALL WORKED TOGETHER! Do you get my point?

Anonymous said...

If this guy was a u.s army soldier then good riddence to his ass because he is one of those 1% out 99% of all soldiers that get into army for the wrong reason. To the retired Marine, C'mon dude don't let the recruiting bs fool you, that's what they told u so you could enlist! All branches have wimps and tough men, just because you went to boot camp does not make u tougher!

Anonymous said...

And some people think ..the u.s. military guna take out the cartels ...lol. this just shows even u.s. soldiers would work for them

Jesus the Moose said...

I don't know why some fools want to bad mouth the US Army and the USMC. Most servicemen are fine people but there are dumbasses everywhere. I've been in both of those services and my peers were ethical people. Most civilians don't even know what ethical is.

Anonymous said...

We all know Mexican Police and Military torture suspects.Look at the story that just came out about the American that was tortured in Mexico. Not saying these suspects were, but keep that in mind.

Anonymous said...

Buchanan's is 660 pesos a bottle in Mexico. About 55 dollars or so.

Anonymous said...

Any followups on this story have not seen any of the border papers on the US side pick this one up yet?

Anonymous said...

The most dangerous drug in the world is in a bottle on the trunk lid of the car. They got liquored up and then decided to rob.

Anonymous said...

Illegal aliens who are Mexican drug cartel murders are joining our armed forces because they know it's a good place to hide from their crimes and they can get US citizenship at the same time. They hide under their mother's last name...
In Houston there was a recruter who "committee suicide" who had been recruting many of them for years. It's still going on and I know for a fact that the US Army does nothing about it.

Anonymous said...

Execute that traitor

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