Two suspects have been detained (both from Tabasco) and accused of an assault committed on January 30 on the high seas, off the shore of Dzilam de Bravo, and according to local fishermen they could also be the masked high jackers that have been robbing boats off the coasts of this port.
On Friday March 8th, Gerardo and Carlos Alfredo V.U, 32 and 24 years old respectively, and originally from Cárdenas, Tabasco, were detained at Calle 23 # 86 (between 16 and 18) of the Hector Victoria neighborhood, in the west side of Progreso, near the fishing piers of La Caleta and Yucalpetén.
The house was searched by agents of the State Investigative Police of the Ministry of Public Security (SSP) and the State Attorney General’s Office, supported by higher rank officers of the SSP.
In the house, lived three Tabasqueños, who were reported as responsible of a high jack by José Abraham Rivero Palma and Javier Torres Uscanga, permit holder and fisherman of Dzilam de Bravo, respectively.
However, a third suspect managed to escape to the fishing piers of Yucalpetén, where he jumped from the dock, and it is said that other accomplices rescued him in a boat.
According to many local fishermen, the three Tabasqueño brothers, would be the hooded pirates that have been assaulting boats on the high seas, as they seem to know very well the movements of fishing boats at La Caleta and Yucalpetén.
Marco Antonio Osorio Ramírez, “Buki”, one of the three Progreso fishermen assaulted on Thursday, February 28 at 11 p.m. while fishing aboard his boat “Andariega del Mar“, declared the assailants could be among the many outsiders who arrive at the port to work in fishing.
El “Buki” added that he could not say for sure who the members of the gang are, but he did not rule out the possibility that the assailants have their base of operations in La Caleta, where they could observe and find out who goes out to fish, when, at what time, how many people on board, what kind of motor they have, etc.
First, the fishermen suspected of “Alvaradeños” (from Alvarado Veracruz) who come to work in Progreso, but after learning of the arrest of the two Tabasqueños, the situation indicates that they most likely could be the hooded “pirates”.
Although the two men from Tabasco were arrested for the assault on Dzilam, the investigations could lead to catch the rest of the gang, who are suspected of being the culprits of the high seas robberies.
TYT Newsroom with information from yucatan.com.mx