Saturday, May 16, 2015

Julian Leyzaola: The hitman said the police chief sent him to kill me

By Lucio R. Borderland Beat, written using material from Zeta Tijuana Magazine

Details of the attempted assassination as told by Leyzaola

From the Military Hospital in Mexico City, Juárez, Julian Leyzaola the former Secretary of Public Security, gave an interview to Zeta in Tijuana.  

In the interview the former secretary says that just before the attack, the gunman told Leyzaola that he had a message for him, he then told him that it (the hit) was from Juárez municipal police chief Jesús Antonio Reyes Ramírez (image below left).

Leyzaola also told Zeta Magazine, that he had no faith in justice being achieved in his case, that the police would not even take his statement.  He shares that his transfer to D.F. was because of security issues.

He says he is contemplating after his rehabilitation is complete, to move back to Baja California and live a “normal life, like normal people”.

A week following the attempt on his life, he clarifies what exactly happened on the day that left him with three bullets in his body, one hitting his spine, and also about the man who wished him dead.

Leyzaola chose a trusted journalist, Zeta Tijuana’s editor, Adela Navarro Bello, to share his story with via a telephone interview.

He explains that on the day of the shooting, he was with his wife and two year old son.  They had plans to cross the border into El Paso to shop.  They were on a busy highway and stopped to exchange currency at a “cambio” (money exchange house). 

His wife and son exited the vehicle, leaving him alone behind the wheel of his Jeep.  That is when the sicario approached the vehicle, gave the message and immediately fired into the car.


Leyzaola says he was unarmed because they were going to cross over into the U.S.

During his time as secretary, Leyzaola clashed with the administration of Chief Reyes Ramírez.  

Never a man that is shy about sharing what his conclusions are, he straight out said the Chief was working for “Los Aztecas”. He discovered the ties during his time as secretary.

He says he warned the state government about Reyes Ramírez, when the chief was applying for a position, saying, “he is a scoundrel with ties to organized crime”.

But in time, Leyzaola left his position, and despite his warnings Reyes Ramírez became chief.

About his injuries, he says he was hit by a total of three bullets.  One came in through the side, and is still in his body but poses no problem, another pierced his lung, and the surgery for that injury was successful, but it is the bullet that hit his spine that is the medical issue.  He says he is non-ambulatory, that the bullet “shattered my spine”, and it’s that injury, that is the cause of his need for rehabilitation. 


He did not share a long term prognosis, or if his inability to walk is permanent.  

44 comments:

  1. For sure this guy is not going to Juarez anymore

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  2. F, I REALLY HOPE HE'S ABLE TO WALK. This guy needs all the support in the world, a guy with his balls deserves respect, this is a true Mexican. Most lives here on earth are pretty much a waste, not this man's, this guy is the real deal, honor, integrity and purpose. Not many of us can say the same of us.

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    1. I'm with you, it's so rare to find someone who actually gives a crap about his fellow man enough to place his life on the line and actually take bullet for it, or should I say three bullets. Most men would rather throw their fellow humans to the wolves and count the blood money they've been given, so when you find a hero you must hold them up high. Sadly, I don't see the Mexican government holding this man up as a pillar of society because these men in government are the one's who have taken that blood money, and another way to see just how corrupt they are is to watch and see if they investigate this man's allegations, I bet if we see anything it will be just a horse and pony show for the fools who still believe in the government.

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    2. If he had any honor or balls, after being in the mexican military, then working on the police forces under the fox and the calderonato, is something I doubt...
      --The victims of leyzaola speak for him, and he is free to answer them, only he has no government budget to make himself heard now...
      --genaro garcia luna may help his ass....

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    3. He is a true Mexican Hero

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    4. Propaganda Comunista...
      --True heros do not beg for government work or contracts, in mexico or the US...
      --And they never bite the hand that feeds their nasty ass...

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    5. Well described i agree awesome post

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  3. Leyzaola says he was unarmed because they were going to cross over into the U.S." To bad that US officials can now carry guns in Mex but not the other way oround lol fucken mexico sucks !! Cant even ask for the same rights in return !! Lol lol

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    1. They can only carry in the place of employment during working hours. The weapons need to be stored in that same location. Dumb ass..

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    2. Ohh yeah,a dumbass

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  4. My Prayers are with you. All the good Law Enforcement suffer in Mexico

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  5. Wow!! That police chief is in HOT water now for that failed attempt i bet, hahaha the police chief should of done the job himself instead of appointing the idiots who couldnt do the job right hahaha

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    1. They shot his spine so probably he won't be able to walk again i wouldn't say it was a fail attempt but neither a complete success attack.

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    2. This guy probably had plenty of enemies. I doubt Baja will be a long lasting retirement. If you are a marked man that will follow you where ever you go in Mexico. My guess his next stop will be the US.

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  6. Just a scoundrel hitting on another scoundrel, but leyzaola, having been military, I guess is the bigger scoundrel...
    --on the other hand, what kind of messenger gives the message in person instead of doing the deed? Just another pendejo...

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    1. your such an ass

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    2. 3:12 ur just an idiot with a computer... Que pendejo eres

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    3. ♡♡♡XOXOXO♡♡♡
      I love you guys...judgement stands...

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    4. Stir it up,c,mon stir it up,where's ye broomstick?

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  7. why they did want to kill him ?

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  8. Please, if there is any decent people still in government, take care of him. We need guys like him to fix this fucking country going to shit.

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  9. The police chief should of hire a proffesional hitman from culiacan if he did he wouldnt been having this problem rigth know

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    1. Do you know how retarded you sound?

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    2. Professional hit man from Culiacan? Like who Chanito??

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    3. Yeah three shots and not one fatal wound. This hitman needs to be retired for one not killing him and two for telling the secretary who sent him.

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    4. He should of hired an antrax....
      Oh I forgot their all dead

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  10. Lezaola que Dios siempre te cuide y te bendiga donde quera que andes compa.

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  11. layzola worked for cds that's why la linea wants him dead.

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    1. You spilled kool aid all over yourself little girl. Do you know what cause and effect is? It is the principal of causation. La Linea was made weaker, causing CDS to become stronger. and therein lies the problem with going after a narco target, weaken one another will seize the opportunity.

      As in Michaocan, Castillo held the good autodefensas at bay, when he was gone tuta was captured, the last of the premier leaders, in struts Mencho.

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    2. 9:54 honey, narco bosses, are not just installed like their daddy put them in charge, they usually are the designated players, designated by the corrupt politicians and businessmen who really own their plaza for "others" we can not mention right now.
      -- After their bosses careers finish, they find others to represent if their careers are over, or they are kept in place if they can be trusted, but no one lands the job by parachute except for princes like chente zambada or the carrillitos, and, see what a blessing it was for them???

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    3. 9:54 mira pendejito, I've been following this so called drug war in mexico for many years so i'm not talking out of my ass. There is an article here on borderland beat that threatens him for only targetting la linea. look it up pendejo

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  12. Leyzaola was responsible for curtailing the cartel violence that was swirling out of control when he was police chief of both Tijuana and Juarez respectively. He hit el Teo and El muletas hard in TJ, and brought down cartel deaths by as much as 75 to 90% in 3 years. It is safe to say that Leyzaola made some enemies while he was chief of police in both Tijuas and Juaritos.

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    1. And now you still have more and worse crime on tijuas and juaritos...
      Anybody can battle crime and criminals with the resources leyzaola had, let's remember that the hated AutoDefensas from michoacan kicked ass without government help or assistance, and brought down some very fine and big criminals... ---THAT was a dangerous ass kicking by some real ass kickers, community based police work, without a budget to steal...

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  13. Say what you want about him good or bad! He did strike fear in the cartels when he was in Juarez! The man is a legend and is now retired. They should let him be!

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  14. Some of you brave fuckers need to come down to Mexico and live here. You talk shit about wanting sicarios to do a better job. Ever pay piso? Ever had cuernos pointed at you? Ever been caught in a balacera? No? No tiene huevos? All brave bullshit talk. Bring bastante papel sanitario.

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  15. Este hombre es un señoron . Mis respetos para el . Lis mexicanos lo deben de elejir a un puesto donde siga dando resultados . Con el no hay vuelta de hoja . Bendiciones para el y los suyos

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  16. The message may have been a smokescreen. Any one btash enough to attempt a hit on a retired top cop could have several layers of insulation through people on a need to know basis. Each person pays the other to deliver a message from x. The killer only knows what he was tasked with doing and saying. ....or did the new chief give the orders directly to the pendejo that was caught?

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    1. It could have been a message for him to leave town and to not actually kill him.

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  17. The Chief of police sent me is exactly what I'd say to redirect attention. Everyone would believe it right away.

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  18. The police chef no send no o e este guey is a scumbag pinche rata

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  19. Too much b.s talk on here. This guy worked for chapo thats why he went after caf in tj and then came to juarez to go after juarez cartel. This dude did not help i juarez but made things worse. My prayers go to him and his family because i wish nothing like this upon anyone.

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  20. ....he might want to make some plans to leave Mexico...asap!

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  21. A straight laced politician in Mexico are you crazy? He did what he did in TJ and Juarez for a reason but not for the good of the people. It was for the Cartel De Snitches. Now he will die like a snitch.

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  22. The kid was in the back seat of the car..Leyzaola Is alive because the hit man was not a professional.

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