[ Subject Matter: El Grande, BCS, Sinaloa Cartel, Los Pepillos
Recommendation: see link to his arrest article]
The afternoon of Thursday the 28th of May, Cruz Alonso Lozoya Uriate "El Grande" was detained after he initiated a gun battle with Agents of the PEP, Ministerial Police, Mexican Army and the Marines in La Paz
Reporter: ZETA Investigations and Cortesia
The afternoon of Thursday the 28th of May, Cruz Alonso Lozoya Uriate "El Grande" was detained after initiated a gun battle with Agents of the PEP, Ministerial Police, Mexican Army and the Marines in La Paz.
Around 18:30 pm, the Boss of Sicarios was circulating aboard a Chevrolet Suburban, colored white, plates CZN2016 of the State of BCS, with five accomplices.
They were patrolling around the Boulevard Pino Payas in the Fraccionamiento Villas del Encanto en La Paz, when they were spotted by elements of the State Preventative Police (PEP) Patrol 0775, who recognised the Boss of Sicario's and intended to intercept him, but when the officials marked the vehicle to stop, it didn't. The occupants of the vehicle then launched a grenade at the Police unit wounding one of the officers.
At this point Lozoya Uriate and his five Sicarios got out of their vehicle with four rifles and three pistols. They decided to enter the restaurant mentioned that was full of diners, they didn't stay on the inside, they left the building at the rear, where they were met with diverse forces of Public Security, and a gun battle ensued that, according to testimony, lasted more than an hour.
(Otis: props to Think Tank from BB forum for this video)
At the end of the confrontation there were two Sicarios dead, two detained and one injured, that happened to be Luis Alonso Lozoya Uriate "El Grande", who presented two bullet impact wounds in his chest. The leader of the hit men was transferred to General Salvatierra Hospital, at the close of this edition, "El Grande" was in strong Police custody and his state of health is unknown.
The fifth accomplice, managed to escape the fire fight zone. From the criminals the Police managed to secure four rifles, including an AR15, three 9mm pistols, magazines, bullet proof jackets, and radios with the Municipal and State Preventative Police frequencies.
In the gun battle, one Agent was injured, the camera man from Canal 10, Adolfo Lucero, who was working covering the incident at the restaurant, suffered a heart attack when he saw the criminals running from the restaurant. He later died.
Many residents of La Paz were also affected as the Public Security Forces, put in a 10 block cordon around El Vado, for more than three hours.
According to the last crime map, elaborated Authorities Military and Federal, Cruz Alonso Lozoya Uriate "El Grande" was identified as head of Sicarios for Jose Francisco Ojeda Torres "El Pepillo", previous to this, he was a member of a cell headed by "Los Damaso", but when these were divided, he stayed with Ojeda and confronted his previous colleagues in the criminal cell "Los 28", led criminally by the brothers, Jorge, Felipe Eduardo and Carlos Guajardo Garcia.
There exists two detention orders against "El Grande" in Sinaloa and five more in Baja California Sur. In the middle of November 2014, ZETA published a report where we revealed that "El Grande" was the first objective of State Authorities, Federal and Armed Forces in La Paz (Otis: now named No Paz, by an anonymous commenter), who according to testimony and ballistic evidence from experts that work for the PGJE, had been identified as the principal responsible for kidnapping, torture, executions, burning people, decapitations and gun battles.
According to the criminal profile of "El Grande", elaborate the State Authorities, they consider him " extremely violent, hostile, dangerous, unstable and superficial and uses violence as a means for pressure or action.
The boss of Sicarios was identified during this past year in a gun battle on 1st of November in Calle Ramirez, between Manuel Marquez de Leon, and Miguel L Legaspy, in the Central Colonia of the State Capital.
Original article in Spanish at Zetatijuana