Mexican authorities arrested two of the criminals responsible for the Guanajuato massacre in El Pantano bar

Mexican authorities took a step forward to clarify the massacre in a bar in Irapuato, Guanajuato, where 12 people died after the State Attorney General’s Office (FGE) announced the arrest of two alleged perpetrators.

They are Christopher Alexis “N” and Pedro “N,” whom the agency said to be bloodthirsty and allegedly linked to several crimes in the city of Irapuato, such as the one that occurred in the bar “El Pantano” on October 15.

In a press release, the Attorney General’s Office informed that the arrest was achieved thanks to an operation in which, in addition to its personnel, elements of the Mexican army and the state Public Security Secretariat (SSP) participated. The operation also included a search and seizure of vehicles used by the alleged criminals to commit their crimes.

The ballistics laboratory also seized and analyzed firearms to determine how many crimes they were used in. Bombs and plans for their next attacks were also seized at the scene.

This resulted from investigations and intelligence work to investigate recent violent acts in the city of Irapuato. It should be noted that those arrested have multiple arrest warrants for various crimes.

The massacre in El Pantano bar, in Guanajuato

Around 8:00 p.m. on October 15, eight heavily armed individuals arrived at El Pantano bar and opened fire indiscriminately on those present, although investigations indicate that the target was three people allegedly linked to drug dealing. Twelve people were killed, including employees of the bar.

Attacks on bars, restaurants, and bars are frequent because these are places where retail drugs are generally sold, and cartels attack establishments where competing drugs are sold.

David Saucedo, a public security specialist, explained to El Financiero newspaper that three cartels are disputing the area: the Jalisco Cartel – New Generation (CJNG), the Sinaloa Cartel, and the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel. Irapuato, specifically, is one of the CJNG’s main bases of operations.

He also noted that the inability of authorities to address the violence is possible because Irapuato’s municipal police force is weakened by three factors: the mass resignation of all SWAT elements in early 2022, coupled with the loss of 300 municipal police; the change of public security secretary on two occasions and of police director on three occasions; and finally, the murder of police elements and a commander this year.