Mexican authorities have arrested a leader of a bi-national prison gang for the mid-March killings of three people associated with the U.S. consulate in Ciudad Juarez.
Soldiers arrested the senior member of the Barrio Azteca gang in Juarez and turned him over to the state prosecutors, Enrique Torres, a spokesman for the federal task force operating in the city, told reporters Monday.
Neither Mexican nor U.S. officials would confirm the suspect's identity.
In separate incidents minutes apart on March 13, gunmen attacked two similar cars leaving a child's birthday party in Juarez. They killed consulate employee Lesley Enriquez and her husband, Arthur Redelfs, who worked at the El Paso County jail. The couples' infant daughter was unharmed in the back seat of the car.
Jorge Salcido, the Mexican husband of another consulate employee, was killed minutes before Enriquez and Redelfs in a similar attack. Two of Salcido's young children, who were riding in the back seat of the car, were wounded.
Although the investigation continues, Mexican officials quickly blamed the Azteca gang for the killings. U.S. federal, state and local police raided the El Paso homes of suspected Barrio Azteca members on March 18, arresting dozens of men on outstanding warrants.