The Chihuahua State Attorney General’s Office (FGE) has confirmed the arrest of Jesús Adrián “C,” alias ‘El Monky,’ one of the suspected perpetrators in the murder of photojournalist Ismael Villagómez Tapia.
Villagómez Tapia, a photojournalist for El Heraldo de Juárez, was known as “El Tiger.”
Details of the Suspect’s Arrest
According to a press release from the FGE, members of the State Investigation Agency (AEI) captured ‘El Monky’ at 5:10 pm on November 19 at the intersection of Barranco Azul and El Terreno streets in the Toribio Ortega neighborhood of Ciudad Juarez.
The 22-year-old suspect was identified as one of those apparently involved in the execution of Villagómez Tapia, which occurred early in the morning on November 16.
“Indications were obtained that involve Jesús Adrián C. L. in the homicide of the photographer, when he was working as a driver of a transport platform,” detailed the Prosecutor’s Office.
Second Suspect Charged for Murder
This individual was located by the authorities as the apparent accomplice of Carlos Miguel “H,” who allegedly killed Villagómez Tapia with a firearm.
Regarding Carlos Miguel “H” -who was arrested on November 16- the FGE has formally charged him for his alleged responsibility in the murder.
According to investigations, Carlos Miguel “H” and “Monky” murdered the photojournalist together. Villagómez Tapia died “due to cranioencephalic traumatism secondary to a gunshot wound.”
A control judge has imposed preventive detention for one year on Carlos Miguel “H” and established November 24 as the date for a hearing to determine whether or not to prosecute him.
Motive Appears to be Robbery
According to initial statements by Carlos Manuel Salas, District Attorney of the Northern Zone of Chihuahua, Villagómez Tapia was shot at least once in the head, and the perpetrators allegedly took his cell phones.
While authorities have not confirmed the motive, the murder appears to have occurred during a robbery.
Victim Worked Two Jobs
At the time of his murder, Ismael Villagómez worked as a cab driver in addition to his job as a photojournalist.
Sister Seeks Justice
Alicia, Villagómez Tapia’s sister, demands that the perpetrators “should be locked up, they should be punished for having taken my brother from us because they took my brother from us for material things, things that are not relevant.”