Friday, August 3, 2012



Home invasion on Rocky Point tourists prompts new U.S. warning

A few of the giant high rise condos in Puerto Penasco, Sonora, Mexico, are shown in this 2010 file photo.A new warning for American tourists is expected later today after a series of attacks.
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 By Tim Steller Arizona Daily Star

A shocking home invasion targeting a group of American tourists in Puerto Peñasco preceded the July 19 shootout there, prompting the U.S. consulate to issue a new advisory to travelers.

On July 17 in the early-morning hours five armed men entered a home in Las Conchas, a beachfront neighborhood populated largely by Americans, said the president of the area's homeowners association in an email to property owners.

"They restrained the individuals who were renting the house," wrote president Ginger Beauchamp. "These men stole electronics, bedding, jewelry and an unidentified amount of cash."

This attack was the most brazen of four that occurred in the last four months, said Chad Cummins, the U.S. Consul General in Nogales, Sonora. The other assaults were on Americans who live in Rocky Point, as the beachside town is known.

One of the victims was attacked in his home and seriously injured, Cummins said.

The consulate plans to issue a new "warden message" this afternoon noting these violent incidents and advising tourists to take heed of the travel warning issued in February. That warning said tourists should travel in the daytime and only use the road from Lukeville to get to Rocky Point, not travel other connecting roads in Mexico.

While violence in Mexico has been commonplace for the last six years, Puerto Peñasco had largely escaped serious incidents, and attacks on foreigners were minimal.

The home invasion in Las Conchas was unprecedented as far as Beauchamp knows.

Read more in tomorrow's Star   

McAllen police: Guns seized after trio try to run down officer
July 30, 2012 5:30 PM
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Ildefonso Ortiz
The Monitor  

McALLEN — Police said an officer tried to assist stranded motorists Monday only to have them dash off to another vehicle, whose driver tried to run the officer down, prompting a high-speed chase.

The affair ended with the arrests of the three men and the seizure of guns, drugs and ski masks from their SUV, according to a McAllen police news release.

About 11:20 a.m. Monday, the officer drove up to a stalled vehicle in the 900 block of West Wichita Avenue, but when the officer got out of his vehicle to help, two men ran away from the stalled vehicle and got into a blue Ford Escape SUV nearby, which had a third male at the wheel, according to the news release.

The officer tried to chase the two men on foot but couldn't catch them, and the Escape's driver drove it straight at the officer in an apparent effort to run him down, according to the release.

The men riding in the Escape fled north to Expressway 83 and took it into Alamo, where they abandoned the SUV and fled on foot. They were detained shortly thereafter.

Inside the SUV, police found various firearms, including a pistol and a shotgun, an unknown amount of ammunition rounds, a small amount of narcotics and ski masks. 

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