Alejandro Salas Díaz, allegedly killed man over 5 pesos. 
Photo Credit: Baja California Attorney General's Office
  • Alejandro Salas Díaz, allegedly killed man over 5 pesos. Photo Credit: Baja California Attorney General's Office

A 17-year-old Tijuana boy faces up to 50 years in prison after his May 13 arrest for the alleged murder of a man who refused to lend the teen five pesos — about 38 cents.

Alejandro Salas Díaz allegedly beat 47-year-old Juan Gutiérrez Gonzalez to death with a wooden club at around 7 p.m. on May 9 in Tijuana’s Lomas de San Antonio neighborhood after Gutiérrez turned down the teen’s request for money, according to a statement issued by the Baja California attorney general’s office.

When the teenager allegedly began beating Gutiérrez with the club, Gutiérrez tried to run away but was pursued by Salas, who beat the older man into unconsciousness, the attorney general’s statement said.

Friends of Gutiérrez took him to Hospital General de Tijuana, where he died a few hours later from brain injuries. Police arrested Salas four days after the incident. He was immediately taken to the state penitentiary, where he is being held on murder charges.

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SpliffAdamz_ May 18, 2009 @ 7:18 a.m.

Instead of begging for change he should have gotten in on the drug cartel. He might have made more money.

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Quicksand May 21, 2009 @ 11:24 a.m.

Hey, here's an idea! How about they clean up their streets of people who commit these crimes (and many more) just like they wanna get rid of dogs with Rickettsia (Dog Days of Doom). They're being inhumane to these animals not even giving them the chance to see another day, but they'll give this boy who clearly lives to kill another chance. Sick sad little world indeed.

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tiburon760 May 21, 2009 @ 11:30 a.m.

Society would benefit a lot more if this kid was just executed and buried in a shallow grave.

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David Dodd May 21, 2009 @ 11:39 p.m.

Luckily, there is no senseless crime committed in the U.S., only in Mexico. In the U.S., nobody every commits crime. There is a rumor that no one ever dies there except for old age. No one ever gets murdered there either. And all government officials are above corruption. And the press, they only report the truth.

How lucky you all are.

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Sunny_C May 22, 2009 @ 9:44 a.m.

The US went through this phase too... back in the days of the bootlegging and booze running - mobster era -

But still the US didn't have as much widespread corruption as Mexico is known for.

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SpliffAdamz_ May 22, 2009 @ 12:17 p.m.

But still the U.$. didn't have as much widespread corruption as mexico is known for.

Are you serious??? Sunny c you sound like a damm fool!!! We are still in the mobster era!!! Homie amerikkka is sending troops to GUARD opium and poppy fields in afghan? Amerikkka is more corrupt then mexico , because mexico is one country. Amerikkka is 50 states that are corrupt from top to bottum!! Wake up and smell the marijuana!!!!!

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