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Authorities identify highway bandits assaulting vehicles

Othón P. Blanco, Q.R. — Federal and state police say they have identified and are tracking a group of bandits believed responsible for vehicle highway assaults over the last several weeks along a section of Costa Maya roadway.

The Secretariat of the Navy of Mexico, National Defense, and the National Guard along with Quintana Roo and Municipal Police, have activated a search operation to locate the band of six that has dedicated itself to assaulting buses and private vehicles along the Bacalar to Tulum and Chetumal to Escárcega sections of highway.

Those believed responsible have been identified as Teresa Quijano N from Mérida, Yucatan who is believed the leader of the criminal gang along with Sergio N, Juan Carlos N and the others with the aliases of Chuy, Manitas and Lencho.

The highway bandits, who throw objects such as large stones at vehicles to stop and rob them, were assaulting vehicles along a stretch of highway known to be without cell service.

Police say they have tracked the band of assailants to the community of Xul Há in the municipality of Othón P. Blanco, where they apparently have their base of operations.

Security forces say they continue to look for their exact location to bring them to justice since they are believed responsible for at least 30 robberies so far this year on the federal roadways of Quintana Roo.