Mexican authorities have arrested three individuals linked to the 2019 massacre of three Mexican-American mothers and six of their children who lived in a tight-knit Mormon community.
Chihuahua state public security chief Emilio García said that one of the men arrested, Roberto ‘El 32’ González, a former cop and alleged high-ranking leader of La Línea, a gang tied to the Juárez Cartel, was detained during an operation Monday in the municipality of Nuevo Casas Grandes.
El 32 is also accused murdering two Madera municipal police officers in June 2017.
García said the mission only included members of Nuevo Casas Grandes police department, federal police and military out of fear that the information surrounding the attempt to arrest González would be leaked to the state police, González’s old employer.
Authorities also arrested two other individuals identified as Santiago Casavantes and Eulalio Domínguez. All three suspects where in possession of drugs, fire arms, and ammunition, according to Noticieros Televisa.
At least 17 suspects have been arrested for their roles in the November 4, 2019 ambush attack on a remote, mountainous road in Bavispe, Sonora.
Pictured: The three mothers and six young children who were savagely murdered by Mexican drug cartel gunmen on November 4, 2019
Roberto ‘El 32’ González was among the three individuals arrested in Nuevo Casas Grandes, Chihuahua, on Monday by the authorities
Members of the LeBarón family search through the burned car where five of the nine Mormon community members were killed in an ambush launched by a cartel gang in Bavispe, Sonora, on November 4, 2019
Members of La Línea, an armed gang linked to the Juárez Cartel intercepted a fleet of three SUVs.
Attackers murdered Christina Marie Langford Johnson after she stepped out of her vehicle to confront the shooters, while her seven-month-old daughter Faith Langford survived.
Dawna Ray Langford was driving her SUV with her nine children and was shot and killed after she was intercepted near Langford Johnson’s vehicle.
Langford’s two sons, Trevor, 11, and Rogan, 3, were assassinated, while the other seven children escaped, including five who were wounded.
Approximately 10 miles down the road, an SUV driven by Rhonita Miller was shot up, killing the 30-year-old mother and her four children – eight-month-old twins Tiana Miller and Titus Miller, Howard Jr. Miller, 12, and Krystal Miller, 10.
The vehicle was then torched with the family inside.
José Lara (left) was arrested by security forces in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, on Wednesday, on the one-year anniversary of the November 4, 2019, massacre of nine Mormon mothers and children with U.S.-Mexican dual citizenship. Jesús Parra (right) was arrested in June and is the only one of 13 suspects who have been arrested who has been indicted
Members of the LeBarón family watch the burned car where part of the nine murdered members of the family were killed and burned during an gunmen ambush on Bavispe, Sonora, on November 9, 2019
Members of the LeBaróns inspect the vehicle torched by La Línea, a gang tied to the Juárez Cartel
A security baby car seat stained in blood is pictured in a bullet-riddled vehicle belonging to one of the Mexican-American Mormon families massacred by members of La Línea
Adrián LeBarón, whose daughter Miller and grandchildren were among the victims, shared a statement on his Twitter account in which the affected families lauded the investigative efforts carried out by the Chihuahua state prosecutor’s office.
‘The LeBarón family recognizes the effort of this institution for thee apprehension, in addition to the professionalism with which its staff has acted,’ the families said. ‘Those of us who live in that area know of the serious risk suffered, so their work has not been easy.
‘In that sense, we celebrate that today there are fewer criminals in the streets, since they have left wounded communities, and above all, a country full of separated families, orphaned children and desolate parents who seek those who gave their lives.’
The LeBaróns along with the Langfords and Johnsons have constantly pressed Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador for answers regarding an investigation, which at times has left them frustrated.
On the one-year anniversary of the massacre, José Lara, an alleged La Línea member, was arrested by security forces in Ciudad Juárez.
Lara was charged with homicide, attempted homicide and for his involvement with organized crime.
Jesús Parra was apprehended in June and indicted on a homicide charge in September.
The LeBaróns, Langfords and Johnsons expressed hope that other mourning Mexican families will also these the day when the killers of their loved ones are punished to the full extent of the judicial system.
‘We call for this justice to also be obtained by the more than 56 thousand families that have been victims in this administration, without stopping to think about all the pending cases. They have shown that if a solution can be found, that they have the capacity, now we hope this attitude of being highly efficient will spread.’
Rhonita Miller (back, left) is one of the three mothers and six children who were ambushed and murdered November 4, 2019, in Bavispe, Mexico, by members of La Línea, the enforcement unit of the Juárez Cartel. Pictured with Miller are eight-month old twins Titus (held by Rhonita) and Tiana Miller (held by her husband Howard); Howard Jr. and Krystal (standing in front of Rhonita), all whom died in the attack. Pictured in the front from left to right are Zack, Amaryllis Miller, and Miller, who were not present the day of the attack