A Mexican cartel leader has released a video that tries to rid itself of misconduct after a nightclub slaughter kills 28 people.
Ricardo Romero Villegas, also known as & # 39; La Loca & # 39 ;, said he woke up on Wednesday morning and discovered that authorities in the southeastern state of Veracruz had launched a manhunt for his capture after the White Horse club was attacked with Molotov Tuesday night cocktails.
Authorities have indicated that Villegas, as the head of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel cell in the port city of Coatzacoalcos, is responsible for the attack that was also wounded 11.
& # 39; I tell you I want you to know it wasn't me and in reality I had to & # 39; Coatza & # 39; abandoned because the navy police held me twice last month, they held me twice and put drugs and fuel on me, & # 39; Villegas said during the 82-second video recording on social media that Wednesday night was released.
& # 39; They tortured me twice. They tortured me. They broke my rib, & said the 29-year-old fugitive.
& # 39; They placed drugs and fuel on me. And the truth is that I had to leave "Coaztca" because they told me they would kill me. & # 39;
View of the interior of the White Horse nightclub after an attack in Cotzacoalcos, Mexico, on Tuesday evening
Relatives cry over the coffin of one of 28 people who died Tuesday in the massacre at the nightclub in Veracruz, Mexico
Ricardo Romero Villegas, also known as & # 39; La Loca & # 39 ;, has been spotted by Mexican authorities for leading a massacre that killed at least 28 people on Tuesday night
Villegas was arrested by Mexican Marines for drug possession on July 18 and released hours later by the Attorney General of Mexico's office.
He was arrested again on August 7 when the Mexican Marines took him near Coatzacoalcos in Constituyentes.
A report of the arrest stated that he was in possession of 50 bags of crystal methamphetamine and 10 bags of cocaine. But the public prosecutor issued his release on 9 August.
In the video, Villegas also told authorities to find & # 39; who really did it instead of just catching someone & # 39 ;.
The Attorney General's office came out late Wednesday and said it currently has no evidence to accuse Villegas of the nightclub attack.
It was said that Villegas was involved in the stake of at least five other companies in the city.
Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said during his daily press briefing on Wednesday that the suspects closed the doors during the attack and the patrons were locked up in The White Horse night club (pictured above)
Forensic experts remove evidence from the White Horse nightclub on Wednesday after being attacked with Molotov cocktails on Tuesday evening, killing 28 people and injuring 11
A gang attacked The White Horse nightclub on Tuesday-evening (photo) in Veracruz, Mexico and killed 28 people and injured 11
Ricardo Romero Villegas released a video in which he said he had nothing to do with the attack on a club in Mexico that killed 28 people
Veracruz Governighter Cuitláhuac García went to Twitter on Wednesday morning and claimed that it was Villegas who led a group of armed men to The White Horse.
& # 39; The clues about the regrettable crime in the Coatzacoalcos bar indicate that one of the main suspects is Ricardo (Romero Villegas) & # 39; aka & # 39; La Loca & # 39; was arrested by Veracruz forces in July of this year and released within 48 hours. by the (Attorney General), & García wrote.
A fire ensued, which subsequently stored several regular guests inside.
& # 39; They closed the escape door and burned part of the entrance with gasoline, caused an explosion and the people choked, & # 39; said García according to the Mexican outlet Milenio.
The owner of The White Horse, Agustín Javier Ronson González, was abducted on Saturday. A video of his decapitation appeared on social media on Wednesday.
His wife told the authorities that three Saturday evening came into the club to complain about a car accident. Ronson González was then abducted.
Veracruz Attorney General Jorge Winckler said the attack could be the result of two gangs fighting for control of the club as a drug trafficking center.
Bryan G. Varron, 25, and Nathaniel A. Alindan, 33, were identified as the two Filipino sailors who died in the attack.
They had just arrived on the Caribe Liza ship from Houston on Monday and left the harbor to enjoy the evening out.
Six of the injured victims suffered 90% of their body burns and were in critical condition.
State police are investigating a possible arson, which may have started with gas bombs, and said the search for the attackers continues.
On Wednesday, the President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, said during his daily press briefing that the suspects locked the doors during the attack.
& # 39; They closed the doors of the emergency exits and burned the place, it is very unfortunate, I am sad that so far 25 have lost them. Very sad, & López Obrador said.
The left-wing leader also called for an open investigation into the office of the Attorney General of Veracruz about why Romero Villegas was released.
& # 39; There is a problem where the actions of the Veracruz public prosecutor must be investigated. It has been condemned that there is a conflict with the authorities, & López Obrador said.
& # 39; The least we have to do is to separate the authorities from delinquents, otherwise we won't move forward. & # 39;
Relatives (photo) of victims respond while waiting for news at the entrance to the Mexican nightclub on Tuesday where attackers bombarded it with Molotov cocktails, 26 dead and 11 injured
Governor Veracruz Cuitláhuac García identified the brain of the night club bombing on Tuesday evening
The attack, along with the murder of 19 people in the western city of Uruapan earlier this month, is likely to renew the fear that the public violence of the 2006-2012 drug war has returned.
& # 39; In Veracruz, criminal gangs are no longer tolerated & # 39 ;, Garcia wrote about the attack, with police, armed forces and the newly formed National Guard searching for the perpetrators.
& # 39; The devious crime of a few moments ago in Coatzacoalcos will not go unpunished & # 39 ;, he continued in a tweet.
The Attorney General's office condemned & # 39; what could be a malicious attack & # 39 ;.
Photos of the scene showed a destroyed interior with seats toppled and debris on the floor and emergency vehicles and police outside the building.
National Guard agents guarding at the bar's entrance. The search for the attackers continues, said the governor of Veracruz
Veracruz governor Cuitlahuac Garcia suggested on his Twitter account that a gang conflict was involved in the fire
The Attorney General's office (photo) condemned & # 39; what could be a malicious attack & # 39;
The White Horse nightclub is located in a busy shopping street in Coatzacoalcos, a city of which oil and oil refining have long been the most important industry.
The attack came nearly eight years until the day after a fire started in 2011 in a Casino Royale in the northern city of Monterrey, 52 people were killed. The Zetas drug cartel organized that attack to enforce claims for protection payments.
The now splintered Zeta & # 39; s are also active in Coatzacoalcos.
Veracruz is one of the most violent & # 39; s regions in Mexico. Drug trafficking routes are coming to the United States and bloody battles often erupt between rival drug gangs.
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