Praxedis G. Guerrero’s former chief of police discusses attack: Cartel targeted officer, she says; it was not robbers
The attack on a female officer and her family in Praxedis G. Guerrero in the Juárez Valley near Tornillo this week was a deliberate act by cartel members to intimidate the police department, said the town’s former police chief.
Marisol Valles García, 21, who is seeking asylum in the U.S., said Friday that the attack was not a simple robbery as authorities in Mexico have said.
Valles García, who made international headlines when she became the town’s police chief soon after the beheading of her predecessor, held a news conference to share her beliefs about Wednesday’s attack.
Valles García said she decided to speak out after the attack on Rosario Rosales Ramírez, 40, her husband, Héctor Bonifacio Galván Cuevas, 45, and their son, Jorge Galván Rosales, 21.
At least seven masked men stormed Rosales Ramírez’s home, tied them up, gagged them and stabbed them several times. The assailants stole two vehicles and farm equipment. [As of Wednesday, “All three victims were listed in critical but stable condition at a Juárez hospital, Praxedis officials said.”]
Chihuahua state prosecutors said the attack was part of a robbery.
Valles García said she believes that Rosales Ramírez, who succeeded Valles García as police chief, was a target of a drug cartel. According to Praxedis G. Guerrero officials, Rosales Ramírez joined the police force on May 31.
Former Praxedis G. Guerrero police chief Marisol Valles Garcia walks past a painting at the Carlos Spector law offices Friday. Valles Garcia was heading to a news conference about the most recent attacks against another officer in that town. (Victor Calzada / El Paso Times)
Her predecessor was beheaded, her successor was stabbed multiple times. Marisol is lucky to be alive. I wonder whether she will be granted asylum.
The video is in Spanish. Even if you don’t understand what she’s saying, take a look at this reamarkable young woman.