[Guest post by DRJ]
The AP has more details on the target of the recent murder in Juarez of two Americans — U.S. Consulate employee Lesley Enriquez and her husband, Arthur H. Redelfs, an El Paso jail guard — and a Mexican citizen married to another Consulate employee. The report indicates Redelfs may have been the target:
“A statement by the joint army, federal and state anti-crime task force in Chihuahua state said suspect Ricardo Valles de la Rosa confessed to acting as a lookout in the shootings. It said he had been imprisoned in the United States and deported in 2007, after which he took up with the Barrio Azteca gang.
According to the statement:
An Azteca gang leader “ordered him by telephone some days before to locate the white sport utility vehicle in which Arthur Hancock Redelfs was traveling, which he did on March 13 at a children’s party.”
Valles de la Rosa told investigators that “when the sport utility vehicle left that spot, he advised other colleagues in the Aztecas, who ordered him to follow it.”
By the time Redelfs’ white SUV reached the scene where the attack occurred, Valles de la Rosa was told to back off, because the Aztecas — as the gang is known in Mexico — had the vehicle located. He said that moments later he heard gunfire, and saw the bullet-ridden vehicle with a dead man and woman inside.
The couple’s 7-month-old daughter was later found wailing in the back of the vehicle.
The statement did not specify whether Redelfs’ job at the jail in El Paso, across the border from Juarez, was the reason he was followed and shot. One theory was that the Aztecas — whose members operate and are incarcerated on both sides of the border — could have sought revenge against Redelfs for events inside the jail.”
The Mexican citizen who was killed — “Jorge Alberto Salcido, the husband of a Mexican employee of the consulate — may have been killed because he left the same party in a white SUV similar to the one in which Redelfs and his wife died.”
This story is consistent with last week’s report of a Department of Homeland Security alert that the Juarez Azteca gang may be trying to target El Paso law enforcement officers.