The authorities report they have the location of Luis Antonio Torres alias 'El Americano' and 2 dozen members of his ‘group’. Further they reported his arrest is imminent.
This was announced by Alfredo Castillo Cervantes, commissioner for Security and Integral Development in Michoacán adding elements of federal and state forces are waiting to receive the order to stop Torres.
Hipolito Mora is a commander in the Rurales force. It has been noted that the press continues to label the men as ‘vigilantes’, without mentioning the men were not of the self-defense movement but were a part of the President Peña/Commissioner Castillo force.
Torres had a deadline to be delivered no later than Saturday, the day Hipólito Mora Chavez and his 26 men surrendered.
The warrants were issued after the December 16th confrontation in La Ruana, municipality of Buenavista.
Torres’ group attacked Hipolita Mora at his home, killing Mora’s son. 11 died in the attack, an attack Mora was anticipating due to the ongoing threats. Mora had men guarding his home and stationed at the entry of La Ruana.
After the attack, when federal forces arrived, they removed all weapons from Mora’s men but allowed Torres’ men to keep their weapons, even helping with loading Torres’ equipment onto their trucks.
Torres is reported as being a part of Los Viagras cartel.
Castillo Cervantes gave as ultimatum on Friday December 26 to give themselves up voluntarily before a judge, however 'El Americano' and his group of rural forces ignored that deadline.