Mexican police chief arrested in connection to murders of 9 U.S. citizens last month
Dec 27, 2019, 5:17 PM
(AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)
MEXICO CITY — Officials with the Mexican government confirmed a major arrest today in connection to the slaying of nine women and children in Northern Mexico last month. They arrested Fidel Alejandro Villegas for his involvement in the suspected cartel murders.
Villegas is a municipal police chief in Chihuahua and his ties to the slayings are currently unclear. His arrest is one of many by Mexican law enforcement after that country’s government invited the FBI to assist in the investigation.
Mexican news outlets say police chief Fidel Alejandro Villegas is in custody for suspicion of being somehow involved in the crime, but the nature of that involvement is unclear. Officials believe the women and children were killed after getting caught up in a territory dispute between local drug cartels. Mexico’s president has invited the FBI to assist with the investigation after pressure from the Trump administration.
Villegas is one of several suspects detained since the investigation began.