Chad Deal 9:26 p.m., June 19
The news flowing northward out of Baja California of late paints a worrisome portrait. More and more Americans are being attacked, robbed and murdered. Here are some news items from just the past two months. Many of these items were never reported in US newspapers:
September 2, 2011 - American Susan Bushong, 52-years of age, stopped her car in Rosarito to look at a curio store. When she came out she saw a man inside her car removing items. The man saw her and ran to a waiting car and fled.
September 10, 2011 - Long time Baja resident Ronald Hoff, 56-years old and his wife were attacked by three robbers near their home in San Quintin. Hoff was brutally beaten and left unconscious. When his wife, Cristina, came to his rescue the men attacked her, knocking her unconscious and cutting her throat before dumping her elsewhere. Both survivied the attack and are slowly recovering but will need further surgery and may never fully recover.
October 3, 2011 - The body of Margaret Katherine Reeves, 42-years old, and originally from Los Angeles, was discovered in a public cemetery in Ensenada. She was killed by a blow to her head. Police believe she was murdered elsewhere and her body was dumped in the cemetery.
October 4, 2011 - American Howie Lange has lived in San Juanico, Baja California Sur for 15 years. Four masked and armed men broke into his home, kicked him in the stomach and demanded all the money in the home, which was $5,000. They then tossed him into a SUV and drove him miles into the country, put a gun to his head and choked him with a rope. They left him there, a 2-1/2 hour walk back to town.
October 19, 2011 - American Robert Paul Frey, 66-years old, was bashed over the head in his own home in Ensenada by a young Mexican couple who rented another home from him. They tied him hand and foot with adhesive tape, taped his mouth, and then strangled him with a rope.