A year after the death of six people and the disappearance of 43 normalistas from Ayotzinapa in the town of Iguala, Guerrero. Federal and state authorities have arrested 111 people allegedly linked to the attacks of the 26 and 27 of September.
Of those arrested, 52 were policemen of Iguala, 19 from Cocula and 40 are linked to Guerreros Unidos, including former Mayor Jose Luis Abarca and his wife Maria de los Angeles Pineda Villa, according to the Third Report of the Attorney General's Office.
Jose Luis Abarca Velázquez
The former mayor of Iguala ordered to intercept the normalistas allegedly to stop them from sabotaging the work report of the DIF's president, his wife Maria de los Angeles Pineda Villa, said the then Attorney General of the Republic, Jesús Murillo Karam, on November 7; however, the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts of the Commission reported on September 6 that the event was already over when Abarca gave that order.
Abarca was arrested on November 4 in Iztapalapa, in Mexico City. He is imprisoned in the Altiplano and has penal criminal proceedings on charges of organized crime, murder and kidnapping, but under different facts other than those of September 26. On January 13, the PGR obtained a warrant for the kidnapping of 43 normalistas.
Maria de los Angeles Pineda Villa
The PGR has not been able to confirm the participation of the former president of the municipal DIF in the disappearance of students; however, it has a criminal prosecution for organized crime and money laundering. She was arrested on November 4 in Mexico City and interned in the prison "El Rincon", in Tepic, Nayarit.
The evidence provided by the PGR said that Maria de los Angeles Pineda Villa was a member of Guerreros Unidos at least since 2005. She received money to invest in the sale and distribution of drugs and the purchase of property, plus they detected non verifiable millionaires income.
Gildardo López Astudillo, 'Gil'
It is the latest capture on the Ayotzinzpa case. The Federal Police arrested him on September 16 in Taxco, Guerrero. According to PGR investigations, on September 27 'El Gil' sent a text message to the leader of Guerreros Unidos, Casarrubias Salgado Sidronio, which read: "Los hicimos polvo y los echamos al agua, nunca los van a encontrar" "They were turn to dust and thrown to the river they never gonna find them." 'Gil' is imprisoned in the maximum security prison of Altiplano waiting for a judge to define their legal status.
Felipe Rodriguez Salgado, 'El Cepillo' or 'El Terco'
He was arrested on January 16 in Morelos and consigned to the Altiplano prison. He confessed that he and four accomplices shot and killed 15 normalistas that were given to him by the Cocula and Iguala police. He said that by the time when he received the prisoners at least 25 had already been killed by asphyxiation.
According to 'El Pato', 'El Jona' and 'El Chereje', 'El Terco' had diesel or gasoline at the Cocula landfill and sprinkled it on to the bodies. The next day, at about 15:00, he came with black garbage bags and gave them the order to fracture the charred bones and put them on the bags, according to the Attorney Jesús Murillo Karam.
Casarrubias Salgado Sidronio
The alleged maximum leader of the criminal organization Guerreros Unidos was caught in the Mexico-Toluca highway on October 2014. He was incarcerated in the Altiplano prison.
According to the then Attorney general Jesús Murillo Karam, Casarrubias denied having given the order to disappear or kill the students, but was informed of the situation and did not object, but on September 26 he gave the order to 'Gil' "to defend the territory"from any attacks from normalistas. The next day 'Gil' told Casarrubias that he had already turn them into dust and had thrown them into the river.
Patricio Reyes Landa, 'El Pato'
The alleged member of Guerreros Unidos, is accused of being the perpetrator in the murder and cremation of a group of students, he was arrested in November of last year in the municipality of Cuetzala. According to the PGR, he confessed "to have received and execute" students from policemen of Cocula and Iguala on 26 of September.
Jonathan Osorio Gómez, 'The Jona'
This member of Guerreros Unidos is also accused of having participated in the murder and cremation of a group of students in a dump site of Cocula. He was captured in November 2014 in the municipality of Cuetzala.
Agustin Garcia Reyes, 'The Chereje'
It was the third perpetrator to be arrested. The Guerreros Unidos member told the PGR that they transported more than 40 people to the landfill of Cocula. At that place, they were told the people were students. The criminals got them off the vehicle and asked them why they had gone to Iguala. The normalistas responded, according to the criminal, "the went for Abarca's wife" and they said not to belong to any criminal group.
Miguel Angel Landa Bahena, 'El Duvalín'
He was arrested on April 11 in Mexico City and taken to "El Rincon" prison. According to a video interrogation presented by the PGR the November 7, 2014, a detainee who was not identified said that they put the young people in a pile of tires and wood. After that "El Huasaco sprinkled them with gasoline and diesel and he said 'El Duva' and 'El Huasaco' are those who set them on fire.
Raul Nunez Salgado, 'El Camperra'
Guerreros Unidos financial operator was arrested in October in a shopping center in Acapulco; he will deliver $600,000 pesos to the deputy director of Public Security of Iguala, Francisco Valladares Salgado, to let them operate. He is imprisoned in "El Rincon" prison in Nayarit accused of crimes against health and bribery.
Martin Alejandro Macedo Barrera, drug dealer, and the hitman Marco Antonio Rios Berber said they killed 17 normalistas, who were moved to the top of a hill of Pueblo Viejo, where they have mass graves, it was reported on October 13, 2014 by the then Guerrero attorney Iñaki Blanco. The PGR requested his arrest after the discovery of bodies in the pits of Iguala; however, none of the bodies were those of the normalistas. They also detained Honorio Antunez Osorio and Luis Alberto Jose Gaspar.
Normal Isai Alarcón Mejía was Sidronio Casarrubias lieutenant and was captured in the same operation. He was taken to Altiplano prison, in the State of Mexico.
Isaac Patiño Velez was arrested in November for carrying a weapon and for allegedly being involved in the disappearance of two normal school students and was admitted to prison No. 4 "Noroeste", in Tepic, Nayarit, the PGR reported.
Murillo Karam said on December 7 that Benito Vázquez Martínez and Salvador Reza Jacobo had been arrested when they were mentioned by other detainees as participants in the disappearance of normal school students. He said that Dario Morales Sánchez had also been arrested for concealment of detainees.
40 Guerreros Unidos criminals arrested for being allegedly linked to the disappearance of normalistas have revealed the names of 19 people.
*** Iguala Police ***
Of the 52 former policemen of Iguala, the arrest of deputy of municipal Public Security, Francisco Valladares Salgado is the most important, he was arrested on May 7, 2015 in Cuernavaca, Morelos. Raul Nunez Salgado, "El Camperra" financial operator of Guerreros Unidos accused Salgado Valladares of receiving $600,000 pesos to let them operate. He was admitted to the "El Rincon" prison.
*** Police Cocula ***
Of the 19 arrested officers, the arrest of former Police Deputy of Cocula, Cesar Nava Gonzalez, is the most important, and he was arrested in November in Colima and is accused by the PGR of having participated in the kidnapping and disappearance of the normal school students. However, the second court Jalisco grabbed Nava and process him on charges of organized crime and kidnapping. He was admitted to the Puente Grande prison in, Jalisco.
*** The fugitive ***
Felipe Flores Velázquez
He was secretary of Municipal Public Security. The RMP identifies him as one of the main objectives to be arrested, and the one who allegedly approved the attack to normal school students, after being ordered by Jose Luis Abarca, a fact that left six people dead and 43 missing normalistas.