03/01/12- Around mid-day on March 1, 2012, the Attorney General of Mexico City (Procuraduría General de Justicia del Distrito Federal, PGJDF) publicly announced the capture of the alleged successor to “La Mano con Ojos” (The Hand with Eyes), a prevalent crime group in the region that broke from the Beltran-Leyva Organization in 2010. The alleged current leader of the group, Marco Antonio Hernández García, “El Comandante,” was captured by members of the PGJDF’s investigative unit, along with two other suspected members of the organized crime group. El Comandante had assumed his role at the top following the arrest last August of then leader Óscar Osvaldo García Montoya, “El Compayito,” who was involved in more than 900 homicides– 300 of which he committed himself.
The operation that led to Hernández García’s arrest this week was carried out by around 20 personnel from the DF’s Attorney General’s Office and the DF’s Ministry of Public Security (Secretaría de Seguridad Pública). No shots were fired, and, according to Excelsior, the three suspects were taken immediately to the PGJDF’s central offices in town.
Under the direction of Hernández García, La Mano con Ojos has been responsible for a number of violent killings in the state of Mexico (Estado de México, Edomex) and the Federal District (Distrito Federal, DF). El Comandante was specifically involved in the gruesome decapitation and mutilation of ten bodies, two of which were found burned in a truck in January in the DF. To read more about La Mano con Ojos, click here.
“Cae el presunto sucesor de La Mano con Ojos”. Excelsior. March 1, 2012.
“‘El Comandante’, presunto líder de ‘La Mano con Ojos’, confesó decapitaciones en México”. Univision Noticias. March 1, 2012.
“‘El Comandante’ ordenó 10 decapitaciones en el DF.” La Voz de Michoacán. March 1, 2012.