Liz Swain 4:24 p.m., May 24
The Tijuana Municipal Police responded to concerns from residents of Valle de Las Palmas by arresting five suspects overnight. Municipal Police commander Richard H. Garduno stated the suspected armed robbers were arrested in the early morning hours Wednesday. Garduno said some suspects were found carrying plastic toy weapons.
Residents of Valle de Las Palmas handed Carlos Bustamante Anchondo, the mayor of Tijuana, a letter Monday stating they would go as far as lynching criminals if security was not stepped up in their area immediately. Concerned residents say there have been daily robberies and violence in the town.
Valle de Las Palmas lies to the southeast of Tijuana and southwest of Tecate. The urban development has slightly less than 2000 residents. Ongoing projects are expected to help develop the area in the coming years. Tijuana officially took Valle de Las Palmas into its municipality last year. By doing so, the municipal police are expected to patrol the area and respond to reports of criminal activity. Although residents have expressed concerns, officials say there have been few reports filed.
In nearby Tecate, a morning shootout occurred between police and two gunmen. Police engaged two suspects with gunfire that resulted in one suspect being killed and two officers being wounded. The police were taken to a local hospital and the second gunman was arrested.