Mexican police hunt for gang leader who escaped prison pending murder trial

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Authorities in central Mexico’s Puebla state have launched a manhunt for an alleged gang leader who escaped from a prison awaiting trial for the murder of three medical students and their Uber driver last year.

Felipe “El Piruli” Hernández, 36, fled the San Miguel Social Readaptation Center in the municipality of Puebla on Sunday, according to El Universal newspaper.

The state attorney general of Puebla confirmed the jailbreak and said at least one person had been arrested in connection with Hernández’s escape.

Investigators said the person, whose name has been withheld, entered the jail and provided street clothes to the imprisoned street gang leader.

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The office of the attorney general of Puebla said Felipe Hernández (pictured) escaped from a prison in Puebla, Mexico on Sunday.  The 36-year-old fugitive has been in prison since November 24, 2020 for his connection to the murders of three aspiring doctors — including two interns from Colombia — and an Uber driver whose bodies were found in a field on February 25, 2020.

The office of the attorney general of Puebla said Felipe Hernández (pictured) escaped from a prison in Puebla, Mexico on Sunday. The 36-year-old fugitive has been in prison since November 24, 2020 for his connection to the murders of three aspiring doctors — including two interns from Colombia — and an Uber driver whose bodies were found in a field on February 25, 2020.

Colombian medical student Ximena Quijano, one of four people killed in Puebla, Mexico, on February 24, 2020.  The leader of the gang that killed them escaped from prison on Sunday zondag

Colombian native José Antonio Parada had spoken to his mother on the phone and told her he was on his way to a friend's house before he and three other people were killed.

Colombian medical students Ximena Quijano (left) and Francisco Javier Tirado (right) were two of four people killed in Puebla, Mexico, on February 24, 2020. The leader of the gang that killed them escaped from prison on Sunday zondag

Francisco Javier Tirado was one of three aspiring doctors whose life was cut short on February 24, 2020, in Mexico when they were killed just after attending a local festival

Francisco Javier Tirado was one of three aspiring doctors whose life was cut short on February 24, 2020, in Mexico when they were killed just after attending a local festival

Hernández was arrested on November 24, 2020 for the murder of Colombian nationals José Antonio Parada, 22, and Ximena Quijano, 25; Mexican-born Francisco Javier Tirado, 22 — all aspiring doctors — and their Uber driver, José Manuel Vital, 28.

The bodies of the four victims were discovered on a lawn on February 24, 2020, just two days after the friends attended a festival in Santa Ana Xalmimilulco, a neighborhood in the municipality of Huejotzingo.

Local residents made the gruesome discovery and contacted the police.

Quijano’s body was found on the other two students and Vital’s body was found bears.

Three suspects identified as Pablo Jesús, 46; Angel, 23; and Lisset, 22, were arrested Nov. 25 for their alleged roles in the murders.

The lifeless body of Ximena Quijano was found in an empty lot atop one of the other two medical students who were executed along with their Uber driver in the central Mexican state of Puebla on February 24, 2020

The lifeless body of Ximena Quijano was found in an empty lot atop one of the other two medical students who were executed along with their Uber driver in the central Mexican state of Puebla on February 24, 2020

Three suspects (left to right) identified as Pablo Jesús, 46;  Angel, 23;  and Lisset, 22, were arrested on November 25, 2020 for their alleged role in the murder of three aspiring doctors and an Uber driver on February 24

Three suspects (left to right) identified as Pablo Jesús, 46; Angel, 23; and Lisset, 22, were arrested on November 25, 2020 for their alleged role in the murder of three aspiring doctors and an Uber driver on February 24

Quijado, Parada and Tirado were all interns at Cholula General Hospital in the town of Tlaxcalancingo in Puebla.

Quijado and Parada left their homes in Colombia in August 2019 to participate in a foreign exchange program at the Popular Autonomous University of the State of Puebla.

Surveillance footage showed the three students placing their belongings in the Vital’s vehicle before being murdered.

Pictured above are two of the three men who were murdered along with a Colombian medical student in Puebla, Mexico.  They were seen in an Uber ride on the night of February 24, 2020, and were found dead the next day

Pictured above are two of the three men who were murdered along with a Colombian medical student in Puebla, Mexico. They were seen in an Uber ride on the night of February 24, 2020, and were found dead the next day

The prospective doctors had ordered a ride through the Uber app at 10:15 p.m. local time after leaving the Huejotzingo Carnival.

According to Colombian news magazine Semana, Parada had spoken to his mother, Angélica Cerpa, at 9:31 p.m.

“He told me he was at a friend’s house and he would take an Uber, they would go to Puebla,” Cerpa said.

“I tracked his cell phone’s GPS and they never left the sector. I was calling him, but he didn’t answer.’

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