Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

15 die in bar massacre in Chihuahua city

Friday, April 20, 2012 |

This story will be updated as new information becomes available.  Partial list of dead released.

By Chris Covert
Rantburg.com

A total of 15 individuals were shot to death and another two were wounded in a shooting at a bar in Chihuahua, Chihuahua Friday night, according to Mexican news accounts.

The shooting took place around 2100 hrs at the bar El Colorado near the intersection of calles Cipres and Gonzalez Cossio in Las Granjas colony.

The shooting followed a familiar pattern:  at least ten armed suspects exited from five vehicles, entered the bar and began shooting. Some of the shooters appeared to be under aged. Upon exiting the bar, the shooters fired their weapons into the air to scare away onlookers before fleeing aboard their vehicles.

El Diario news daily reported that the  armed suspects were dressed in black tactical gear which had a skull patch on their uniform.

The news daily also said one of the dead was an unidentified female and one of the wounded was also female, both employees of the bar.  Tiempo news daily reported that an unknown number of musicians were among the victims.

Also among the dead were two journalists, Dr. Francisco Javier Moya, who was a news director at a radio station and Hector Javier Salinas Aguirre, who owned the website, futuro.mx.

Nine of the were identified as:  Rodolfo Cardona Lagos, 72, Federico Perez Moreno, 41,  José Luis Vazquez Garcia, 64,  Jorge Alberto Aragon Cerna, 47,
Cristian Chavez Jaimes, 35, Jose Luis Herrera Pichardo, 59, Efren Anaya Vazquez , 48, Miriam Vazquez Torres, 25 and Arellanes Enemecio, 52.
Originally reported as 13, two of the victims died while receiving medical attention and the two remaining wounded are reportedly in delicate condition.

La Polaka news daily reports that the attack was a response to the detention of La Linea leader Guillermo Castillo Rubio by Policia Federal agents in Queretero state last Wednesday.  La Linea is the enforcement wing of the Juarez drug cartel.

La Linea has suffered a number of setbacks to their security structure due to intensified security in northern Mexico, especially in Chihuahua state and in Ciudad Juarez.

Last August Jose Antonio Acosta Hernandez, AKA El Diego, was arrested following a brief firefight and pursuit by a special Polica Federal unit.  Acosta Hernandez was until the time of his arrest one of the bloodiest drug capos with a confessed 1,500 murders to his credit, including US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) agents.

His replacement, Arturo Bautista, 31, AKA El Mil Amores was detained in December in Juarez by Juarez municipal police agents at a safe house along with three other associates.

According to press sources, Castillo Rubio has been forced to flee Chihuahua state due to increased pressure from police and was conducting his enforcement operations from Queretaro state.  Like Acosta Hernandez, he was detained by a Polica Federal special operations force.


A subtext in the detention of Castillo Rubio was that the Juarez cartel had not yet designated a replacement for Bautista following his detention even four months hence, forcing Castillo Rubio to assume duties as La Linea chief.  Castillo Rubio was Acosta Hernandez's boss during at least part of El Diego's reign of terror.

Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com

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Anonymous said...

Waiittt dont Antrax wear uniforms like that??

Anonymous said...

wil wild south lawless country where are the protectors of mexico for example zorro country has no leadership overturn the govt and take charge massssssssses.

Anonymous said...

cant find these streets on map. They exist in Chi. proper but do not intersect.

J said...

It seems almost like there was a shift in violence to Chihuahua from Juarez, and now the GN and Linea are going at it hard there, and Juarez has slowed to single and double executions, instead of the massacres and car bombs of the last two years.

I can't believe anyone that says the Juarez Cartel has control over either city, entirely, or even a majority, I'd say they are still in the fight though.

Antrax/Skull Bones are associated with Sinaloa/Antrax, but among sicario/cartel types, it's probably pretty common, that said, the GN has been putting up banners saying they will clean out the Juarez 'pigs' for a month or two, now. Wouldn't be surprised if it was them.

Anonymous said...

Juarez cartel's dirty cops switch up to greediness.Traitors.

Anonymous said...

OK found the streets 3 hrs later. thanks google map.

Anonymous said...

Los sicarios que cometieron este hecho, son trabajadores de la Linea. Mis amigos conectados con los Antrax comentaron sobre este y aseguraron que eran del pinche VCF.

The hitmen who commited this crime work for la Linea. My friends connected to los Antrax commented on this case and proved that they (hitmen) were the people of VCF.

Anonymous said...

This article is imcomplete... there is no evidence of anything to support the statement. The first thought is Chapos people.. but his mission was to rid the city of Zetas... not go on an indiscriminate rampages killing bar employees and females. You guys cant read everything on here and believe it all... it couldve been anyone. Plus.. this article makes this assumption.. that it was La Linea and it was retialiation... so they go into a bar and shoot everyone up... because???? Made no sense.

Anonymous said...

Jaja no one wants to be boss of la linea

badanov said...

This article is imcomplete... there is no evidence of anything to support the statement. The first thought is Chapos people.. but his mission was to rid the city of Zetas... not go on an indiscriminate rampages killing bar employees and females. You guys cant read everything on here and believe it all... it couldve been anyone. Plus.. this article makes this assumption.. that it was La Linea and it was retialiation... so they go into a bar and shoot everyone up... because???? Made no sense.

The crime took place in Chihuahua, Chihuahua, not Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas.

As such, three different Chihuahua state news dailies and several national news outlets reported on this shooting. Unless a massive conspiracy exists to create a false story out of whole cloth from several credible and disparate news organizations, the story as written is true and accurate.

Anonymous said...

Wow There G.N. always doing BS and then blaming the Linea of there acts that is completely nonsense!!!! The DEA helping the CDS against VCF not even with the Help of the DEA they will gain control of Juarez i am talking about the City Juarez!!!!

Fuck Chapo Guzman!!!

Anonymous said...

castillo rubio was acosta hernandez boss during el diegos reign of terror"..i thought el diego was plaza boss..there always has to be a captured boss..then the next captured was regional boss..then state boss...God Leee,how many bosses are there?

Anonymous said...

chihuahua que esta pasando aqui

Anonymous said...

Good shit badnov not once were Z mention some people's children second thing is it me or were there no young people there it looks like death is getting lazy and inviting all his victims to a bar then. Going there killing them and going home early for thE nite

Anonymous said...

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Bars have been and will continue to be targeted by psychopaths with guns 'on a MACHO Power Trip.'

¿ Why not close all bars, buy your beer at liquor outlets AND DRINK AT HOME ? !!!

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badanov said...

castillo rubio was acosta hernandez boss during el diegos reign of terror"..i thought el diego was plaza boss..there always has to be a captured boss..then the next captured was regional boss..then state boss...God Leee,how many bosses are there?

From what I understand, Acosta Hernandez was number three in the Juarez cartel, and leader of La Linea until he was busted in the summer 0f 2011.

Dunno who was plaza boss at that time or even now.

Anonymous said...

Yea cds n la linea are going at it pretty hard still, cant believe there stll holding ground.

Anonymous said...

Salute to the people of Mexico!!!
They are not cowed by the drug lords!
The very fact that they go about life and enjoy themselves is proof of this!
Hope their country will be back to normal soon!!!!!

Drug dealer! said...

Shit its crazy

Anonymous said...

Juarez cartel does control most of Juarez picaderos prstitution, theft, is all controlled by the aztecas, the gn is heard very little of.. Most of the Juarez cartel has branched more into other parts of chihuhua were the govt has tryed to replace them to put.chapos people

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