& # 39; Gunman & # 39; accused of killing British millionaire being arrested in Argentina
A man accused of murdering a British millionaire in an armed robbery in Argentina was arrested when he tried to flee the country last night.
Police arrested the alleged murderer after stopping a long-distance bus in the province of Salta, more than 1500 kilometers from Buenos Aires where the armed robbery took place.
The 21-year-old Venezuelan, locally named Angel Eduardo Lozano Azuaje and nicknamed Cachete, was supposed to be on his way to Bolivia.
The police suspect him of shooting Matthew Gibbard and injuring his stepson Stefan Zone in a robbery outside a hotel in Buenos Aires on Saturday.
Authorities fear that the British company boss, who collected Ferrari & # 39; s and flew a helicopter, could have chosen his expensive watch from a & # 39; big gang & # 39; from Ezeiza Airport.
They also revealed that the suspect gang members were in the habit of holding fake welcome signs at the airport so that they could observe wealthy tourists.
Suspect: a man accused of murdering a British millionaire in an armed robbery in Argentina was arrested more than 1500 kilometers away when he tried to flee the country last night
Armed robbery: CCTV footage from Buenos Aires on Saturday shows that the attackers are struggling with their targets in a street robbery in which a British millionaire was killed
The information about the suspected place of residence of the suspect is supposed to have come from his girlfriend during an interrogation by the police.
The operation to arrest the suspect had been given the green light by investigating investigating judge Yamile Bernan.
Another four men are already in custody, including three Argentines accused of delivering cars and motorcycles to the alleged gang.
The Venezuelan owner of a red Ford Fiesta who served as a support vehicle during the Saturday attack was also arrested.
A friend told me last night The times that Mr. Gibbard, who was shot down by the armpit on Saturday, is a & # 39; very nice gentleman & # 39; wash that & # 39; gentle and very relaxed & # 39; used to be.
& # 39; He was a gasoline head and a great collector of super cars & # 39; s. He had at least half a dozen Ferrari's. He also flew with his own helicopter, which he kept at his home & # 39 ;, said the friend, Tom Hartley.
Marcelo d & Alessandro, Security Minister for the City of Buenos Aires, said camera images had helped the police identify vehicles involved in the shooting and the escape routes taken.
He said: “We were able to find out where they went and this resulted in 18 search commands, 12 in the province of Buenos Aires and another six in the city itself.
& # 39; Several cars & motorcycles have been seized, including a vehicle involved in the incident itself, and forensic experts are now investigating it for evidence.
Stefan Zone (photo), 28, was shot in the leg in the attack that killed his stepfather
& # 39; Four people who were part of this gang were arrested. It's a big mess. The detainees include the man who provided the gang with logistics, with the vehicles used in this type of crime.
& # 39; It is not the first crime the gang committed. & # 39;
He added that the gang would look for people who arrive at the airport with expensive watches before they follow and rob them.
Gabriel Berard, police chief of Buenos Aires, said: “They detect the arrival of tourists who could become potential victims, and focus on flights that reach Argentina from the United States and Europe and then follow people who interest them.
& # 39; They had some sort of placard, they would pretend to be working for Uber.
Ze They have vehicles waiting outside the airport and chasing them. Logistics is an important part of that. & # 39;
The gang made sure they were using vehicles that the authorities had not identified as having been used in previous crimes, including recently sold cars and motorcycles, he said.
Aftermath: the two British holidaymakers were shot by armed robbers outside a five-star hotel in Argentina
He added: & # 39; We analyze the vehicles that have been seized and continue until we can completely destroy this gang. & # 39;
Diego Santilli, vice-president of the Buenos Aires city administration, told a press conference that everything was done to ensure that those responsible felt the full weight of the law and received the maximum punishment.
He said: & Loss of life is something that cannot be recovered, it is irreversible. But if there is an area where we can work, it is to ensure that there is justice.
& # 39; Justice is something we must take care of. & # 39;
The man who is supposed to be Mr. Gibbard (black t-shirt, blue jeans on the left) struggles with the attackers before shots are fired outside the Faena Art Hotel on Saturday morning
Images of the double shooting led to detectives who identified two support cars – a red Ford Fiesta and a gray Chevrolet Corsa Classic – who had probably worked with armed robbers on motorcycles known locally as motochorros.
The man who shot Mr. Gibbard (50) and his stepson (28) is supposed to get out of the gray car and shoot at the pair after a brief fight between the British and a man on the motorcycle behind the Ford Fiesta fled.
Alberto Crescenti, the head of the emergency medical assistance system SAME from Alberta, confirmed the alarm on Saturday at 11.04 am after the shooting in a chic port area known as Puerto Madero.
He added: & # 39; When paramedics reached the area, they discovered a man who was shot with a bullet that went through his right armpit and hit him in the chest. & # 39;
Speaking before Mr. Gibbard died after he reached Argerich Hospital in the city for emergency surgery, he added: & # 39; he was taken to Argerich Hospital with very serious injuries and a significant blood loss. & # 39;
His stepson was hit in the leg near his groin.
The dead man, who ran a vacation and retirement company called Tingdene, had traveled to Argentina for a Christmas vacation with his mother and wife, as well as Mr. Zone and his stepson's wife and brother.
He is said to have arranged the holiday with a British travel company who hired a local company for the airport transfer between Ezeiza and their hotel.
He lived with his wife Suzanne, 52, in a mansion in the village of Lowick near Kettering, Northampton.
Argentinian President Alberto Fernandez has described the murder as & # 39; horrible & # 39; and urged the police & # 39; inflexible & # 39; to be in tracing the perpetrators.
The hotel said in a statement: “We express our deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims.
& # 39; We will work together in everything needed to classify such a & # 39; n painful act. & # 39;
Another British tourist was robbed in Buenos Aires last week by the same Venezuelan-led gang that had been targeted 24 hours later by Matthew Gibbard, a millionaire company boss.
It is said that the criminals used an identical modus operandi to rob the 43-year-old after he and his wife and two daughters flew into the Argentinian capital and took a taxi to the upscale neighborhood of Palermo.
One of his suspected robbers, locally named as 29-year-old Venezuelan Miguel Angel Aguirre, was arrested after bystanders intervened to stop the attack.
An accomplice managed to flee a motorcycle with an expensive Rolex watch from the tourist, reported Argentinian media.
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