Five murdered during party in Tijuana, including brother of 'El R12'
Last night, in Tijuana, in Colonia Tres De Octubres, at least three armed men dressed in black fatigues, with high caliber automatic weapons, burst into a house during an early evening party. In a sadly familiar scenario, the gunmen separated the men and women , leading the men into a room, and then opening fire, massacring all of them including one minor, a 13 year old boy. One of those killed, Daniel Cabera, is the brother of Omar Cabera, 'El R12', a former Tijuana municipal officer, who was detained Jan. 4, 2012, suspected of being the head of security of Alfredo Arteaga Azarte, 'El Aquilles'.
About an hour after the attack, State Preventative Police, (PEP), working with municipal Tijuana police, as well as local Rosarito officers, caught up with the gunmen in Rosarito, who refused to stop their vehicle, which resulted in a gun battle between the PEP and the gunmen, who were eventually captured. Two Ak 47's, one R-15 assault rifles, and two pistols were recovered from the five men, whose identities and criminal affiliation are not known at this point. Different sources are conflicting on whether the gunmen captured in Rosarito Beach were those responsible for the murders in Tijuana, some say they were, others say it is still not known.
Some reports say that this was a message to 'El R12', that he was warned if he cooperated with authorities his brother and family would be targeted. This kind of intimidation is common, when Federal police in Tijuana arrested Manuel Zambrano, 'El Jimmy', in August 2009, he was told through an attorney, that if he gave up information on members of the cartel, his family members would be murdered.
This incident is the first of it's kind in 2012 in Tijuana, where, although murders are down nearly 50% from 2010, executions related to organized crime, and retail drug distribution continue with impunity.
Sources AFN Tijuana