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Two taken into custody after intercepting police chase

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — Two men who pretended to be from the extinct Procuraduría General de la República (PGR) have been accused of interrupting a police chase in order to let the pursued escape.

Agents of the municipal and state police were in pursuit of a vehicle through Playa del Carmen streets Tuesday night to arrest gunmen who were allegedly involved in a murder in the Colosio neighborhood. However, while police were chasing their suspects, they were intercepted by a private vehicle.

From inside that vehicle, two men emerged, both of whom identified themselves as elements of the Procuraduría General de la República (PGR). One man produced PGR identification, telling the pursuing officers that everything was under control.

Perturbed that they were stopped from catching their suspects, police proceeded to process both men. State agents quickly discovered that the man with the PGR identification was, at one time, an agent but had been dismissed from his position in 2017. The second man, who went along with the scheme, lacked police identification.

Taken into police custody were 30-year-old Ricardo I.G. and his 21-year-old companion, Luis Ángel B.Q., who was never affiliated with any police corporation.

Both were taken to the Ministerio Público de la Fiscalía General del Estado.