Coacalco de Berriozábal, State of Mexico — Three Coacalco police officers have been arrested and charged with extortion after relatives filed a report with authorities.
The Secretariat of Security of the State of Mexico reported that four men have been arrested, three of whom were active officers assigned to combating vehicle theft in the department of transportation.
The accused allegedly sought 40,000 peso from a citizen they kept (kidnapped) for a few hours. Relatives of the alledged kidnapped man contacted police who stopped a car on López Portillo Avenue in the municipality of Ecatepec.
There, police arrested Adrián N, Eder N, Roberto N and Rommel N, the latter three of which were active police members of the Secretariat of Security.
According to reports, the victim, who was a businessman in the Colonia San Rafael, was taken after four subjects entered the premises and pushed him into Nissan car. In an attempt to intimidate him, the four allegedly tried to convince him that he was part of a robbery and to avoid jail, he would have to give them money.
Police were able to located the car. When stopped, they found the four men inside along with two weapons and 10,000 peso in cash.
In a statement, the Ministry of Security says it will not tolerate any act of corruption, complicity or collusion on the part of the members that make up the corporation, while at the same time, criticizing the actions of the agents saying it dishonors the conduct of good police officers.