Woman, teen niece raped, 3-year-old son killed, husband beaten in Mexico carjacking

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Reynosa has long been the scene of bloody shootouts between rival factions of the Gulf cartel and authorities. Also on Wednesday, authorities reported that a series of violent confrontations between rival drug gang factions left at least one person dead in the city of Reynosa, across the border from McAllen, Texas.

The statement said that gunmen in several vehicles had also shot at military patrols and that drug gang members blocked roads at 11 points in Reynosa. The gangs frequently hijack and burn vehicles and scatter tire-puncturing devices to block roads.

He said the crime occurred on a federal highway, but said state investigators were looking into the case and expressed hope that video cameras at the toll booths might help identify the attackers. The Puebla state prosecutor, Victor Carranca, confirmed only the rapes.

The family had parked their pickup by the side of the highway apparently so the father could urinate, something not uncommon in an area where there are few public bathrooms.

But recently Puebla has become one of the states where fuel-theft rings — often linked to drug cartels or gangs — have become more active, tapping into government pipelines at a high rate. States such as Puebla had largely been spared the high-profile, violent crimes that have plagued neighbouring states like Veracruz, where drug cartels have been more active.

The assailants, travelling in two cars, blocked the family’s vehicle on the shoulder of the road. The toddler was either shot or killed by a piece of flying glass when the attackers shot out one of the truck’s windows.

The talk of a curfew began after the office called on Reynosa residents to “stay alert, and avoid travelling at night.”

MEXICO CITY — Mexicans accustomed to violent crime are in shock over the brutality of an assault in which assailants raped a woman and her 14-year-old niece, killed her three-year-old son, beat the husband, stole the family’s pickup truck and left them on the side of a dark highway.
The family had to walk about a mile (1- 1/2 km) to the nearest toll booth to seek help with the dead boy in their arms, said an official in the central state of Puebla. The official agreed to give details of the case only if granted anonymity because she was not authorized to be quoted by name.

“The situation in Reynosa cannot be downplayed, but it is far from a curfew. It is a fight between criminal groups.” “The intervention by state and federal security forces stopped, in part, the confrontation between two groups,” the office said.

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Baja California Sur saw 133 slayings during the first quarter of this year, compared to just 17 during the same period of 2016 — a 682 per cent jump that was the largest annual percentage increase in all of Mexico amid a general rise in homicides for the country.

Mexico is struggling with the reality that some states once viewed as havens from violence have turned bloody. Recent shootings have marred the tranquility of resorts such as Cancun in Quintana Roo state and the twin resorts of Los Cabos in Baja California Sur state.

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A statement from the office of Tamaulipas state’s security spokesman said one person was found dead after a string of shootings and road blockades that broke out around midnight and lasted into Wednesday morning. It was unclear if the dead person was a bystander or participant in the fighting.

“There is a crime situation right now that puts people’s lives at risk,” said state prosecutor Irving Barrios.