The Jackal of Los Mochis who killed his two daughters and mother-in-law arrested in Sinaloa

Rubén "N" allegedly used a hammer to commit the double homicide, also injuring his stepdaughter, wife and mother-in-law.

A manhunt came to an end on Friday in the Mexican state of Sinaloa when authorities arrested Rubén Abdiel N., dubbed the “Jackal of Los Mochis”, for the brutal hammer murders of his two young daughters and mother-in-law two days prior.

The Gruesome Murders That Shocked Mexico

The vicious attack occurred early Thursday morning, October 19, in the family’s Los Mochis home. According to police reports, Rubén Abdiel N. used a hammer to viciously beat his daughters – ages 1 and 4 – to death as they slept. He then turned the weapon on his wife, 13-year-old stepdaughter, and 53-year-old mother-in-law María Arellanes Torres. The latter suffered severe head trauma and died shortly after at the hospital. Rubén Abdiel’s wife was hospitalized in serious condition, while the stepdaughter survived with injuries.

Neighbors reported hearing screams for help coming from the house around 6:30 a.m. When police arrived on the scene, they found two of the victims already deceased, while two others – the wife and mother-in-law – were clinging to life. The perpetrator had already fled by bicycle.

El asesinato provocó varias reacciones de parte de la sociedad sinaloense. EFE/Rodrigo Sura
The murder provoked several reactions from Sinaloa society. EFE/Rodrigo Sura

Manhunt and Arrest

Authorities immediately launched a massive search effort, utilizing helicopters, search dogs, and officers combing the area. The governor of Sinaloa, Rubén Rocha Moya, vowed via social media to bring the murderer to justice, calling the slayings a “heinous crime.”

“I express my strongest condemnation of the events in which a family was attacked in Los Mochis, and where two innocent girls were robbed of their lives,” he stated.

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The search ultimately led authorities 170 miles away to the Sonora municipality of Huatabampo, where Rubén Abdiel N. was apprehended on Friday without incident. He is currently awaiting extradition back to Los Mochis to face murder charges.

María Teresa Guerra Ochoa condenó los hechos 
(Foto: Gobierno de Sinaloa)
María Teresa Guerra Ochoa condemned the events (Photo: Gobierno de Sinaloa)


The brutal hammer slayings sent shockwaves across Mexico, a country plagued by violence against women and girls. According to activists, an average of 10 women are killed per day in Mexico.

The governor has vowed to enact new legislation aimed at better-protecting victims of domestic violence by separating alleged abusers from their families.

For now, authorities are focused on healing for the survivors and justice for the victims of Los Mochis’ “Jackal” – the man who robbed two little girls of their lives and futures in a senseless act of violence. His day in court is imminent.