A Mexican official announced Friday that five people have been arrested in connection with the kidnapping and murder of a group of Americans near the Texas border in Brownsville.
Tamaulipas Attorney General Irving Barrios Mojica said Twitter That the warrants were for the offenses of aggravated kidnapping and willfully simple homicide. An additional person was arrested in recent days, Barrios Mojica said.
The Gulf Cartel apologized on Thursday after two Americans were killed in a broad daylight kidnapping on March 3 in which four Americans crossed the border into Matamoros, Mexico, just south of the Texas border.
In a letter obtained by The Associated Press, the cartel condemned the violence and said it had replaced members who were involved. A senior law enforcement official told NBC News that US officials believe the letter is legitimate.
The translation of the letter read, “The Gulf Cartel Grupo Escorpiones strongly condemns the events of Friday, March 3, which unfortunately resulted in the death of an innocent working mother and the kidnapping of four US citizens, two of whom Died.” “For this reason, we have decided to charge those involved and directly responsible for the incident, who at all times acted under their own volition and indiscipline and acted against the rules under which CDG Has always worked.”
Four Americans were shot and kidnapped when they went to Matamoros for a medical procedure.
Tamaulipas state governor Américo Villarreal told a news conference that a woman, identified by her family as Latavia Washington McGee, and a man, Eric Williams, survived the kidnapping.