Four new suspects have been arrested for the brutal murder of the wife of Amazon Mexico’s former CEO when the pair was in the middle of a bitter divorce and custody battle.
Abril Perez Sagaon, 48, was shot dead while travelling in a car with her lawyer and two of her children following a divorce hearing in November 2019.
She was heading to Mexico City International Airport in the Mexican capital when two men on a motorbike shot her in the head and back.
Perez Sagaon and her ex-husband, Juan Carlos Garcia Sanchez, former CEO of Amazon in Mexico, were involved in a legal row over the custody of their three children.
Prosecutors said that Perez Sagaon was followed for two kilometres before being shot dead.
The victim had reported her ex-husband to the authorities in January 2019 from hospital after he allegedly beat her with a baseball bat and slashed her face with a knife in front of their 15-year-old son.
Early into the investigation, the former Amazon CEO was identified as the main suspect in his wife’s murder.
According to the news site Infobae, he has since gone missing and Interpol has a warrant issued for his arrest.
One suspect, arrested in the neighbourhood of Prados Agua Azul in the city of Puebla, has been identified as a 48-year-old Amado Vicente Rodriguez Garcia, an alleged drug trafficker and leader of the criminal group the Union Tepito.
Officers found a gun, ammunition, nine mobile phones, and a substance that appeared to be crystal meth in his home.
Another suspect, a 34-year-old woman identified as Maybleyn Montiel Moreno, was arrested in the area of Jardines del Morelos in Mexico State, and another woman, Graciela Alicia Flores Valdes, 48, was detained in the state of Queretaro.
In the neighbourhood of Florida in Mexico City, a 50-year-old woman, named as Aisha Jalil Castillo, was arrested and white powder similar to cocaine was found in her home along with five mobile phones, according to Infobae.
The four suspects join four men already being held in preventative custody in connection to the femicide.
The investigation is ongoing.