Mexico arrests suspected mastermind of mass kidnapping23 may 2014, 13:20
Mexican authorities have arrested the man suspected of ordering the murder of 13 young people who were kidnapped in a brazen daytime abduction in the capital last year, AFP reports.
The Mexico City prosecutor's office said Joel Javier Rodriguez Fuentes was caught Wednesday in Nextlalpan, a town north of Mexico City, carrying drugs.
The city's prosecutors said in a statement Thursday that Rodriguez Fuentes was considered the "material and intellectual author" of the May 2013 crime, which tarnished the capital's image as a relative oasis from Mexico's drug wars.
Nine accomplices told investigators that Rodriguez Fuentes ordered and helped carry out the mass kidnapping at the Heaven bar, located a short walk from the US embassy and federal police offices.
The victims' decomposed bodies were found three months later in a mass grave outside the capital.
The statement did not indicate the motive for the crime but, Mexico City Attorney General Rodolfo Rios has linked it to a gang's vendetta for the murder of one of its drug dealers.