A man known as the ‘The Jaguar’ has been arrested in connection with the LeBaron and Langford family massacre that resulted in the death of nearly a dozen US citizens including six children and three women in Mexico.
Francisco Javier Arvizu ‘El Jaguar’ (The Jaguar) was arrested along with three others for their alleged involvement in the massacre of the LeBaron and Langford families in the Bavispe municipality in the Mexican state of Sonora.
The incident took place when gunmen opened fire on the LeBaron and Langford family who were en route to a wedding killing six children and three women on 4th November 2019.
The families were members of the isolated La Mora community of American Mexican Mormons and all of them held dual US–Mexican citizenship.
The news site Milenio reports that the Chihuahua prosecutor, Roberto Fierro, confirmed that ‘The Jaguar’ along with three other suspects linked to the massacre were arrested in the Madera Municipality in the state of Chihuahua on Saturday, 23rd October.
Fierro added that the arrest was made after the Jaguar and his criminal gang clashed with security forces on the streets of Madera.
The families were killed when a gunfight broke out between drug gangs that mistook the family’s three-car convoy that was heading to a wedding for a rival gang.
The Jaguar is allegedly partly responsible for the confrontation that led to the massacre.
Adrian LeBaron who lost several family members in the massacre Tweeted: “This morning there was a confrontation between criminals and the @SEDENAmx in the town of La Norteña, municipality of Madera, in Chihuahua.”
“They wounded and detained Francisco Javier Arvizu “El Jaguar” along with three other subjects. Allegedly involved in the massacre of my family.”
This was not the first arrest made since the investigation into the massacre was launched.
Roberto alias ‘El Mudo’ (The Mute) is a former state police officer who is believed to have run the La Linea (The Line) drug gang that was involved in the massacre who was arrested on 23rd November 2019.
Roberto was reportedly the mastermind behind the massacre leaving three women and six children dead after mistaking the family convoy for a rival group known as ‘Gente Nueva’ (New People).
Gente Nueva and La Linea have had a bitter turf war in the area working as armed enforcers for the Sinaloa Cartel and the Juarez Cartel, respectively.
Reportedly the gang fired more than 300 bullets and then set fire to the families vehicles resulting in the death of nine people including two-eight-month-old twins their 10-year-old and 12-year-old siblings and their mum who were found burned in the car.
The investigation is ongoing and the Mexican authorities did not state when ‘The Jaguar’ would face trial.
The three other suspects were not named.