Story By: Jonathan Macias, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
This taxi driver has been arrested for killing a customer by handing him a poisoned drink before dumping his body on the street in a robbery gone wrong.
Local media report Berkeley University law graduate Pablo Gonzalez Kusulas left a karaoke bar in the early hours of the morning in Lomas de Chapultepec in the delegation of Benito Juarez in the central Mexican capital Mexico City when he got into a taxi being driven by Felipe Asuncion M.
According to the investigation, the taxi driver gave the drunk lawyer a drink mixed with cyclopentolate (a substance contained in eye drops) in an attempt to intoxicate him further and rob him.
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However, the poisonous substance in the water is said to have killed the victim rather than simply knocking him out and the taxi driver reportedly dumped his body on a road in a nearby residential area called Napoles Colony a few hours later.
Local residents found the body and a police investigation was launched. The taxi driver was identified using CCTV and Investigative Police (PDI) of the Capital City Attorney’s office claim that during his arrest they found wrapped methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana, and a scale, as well as bottles of adulterated water and flasks of ophthalmic solution drops.
The authorities claim that the taxi driver tried to bribe the arresting officers so he is being investigated for homicide and bribery.
Investigators believe the cabbie belongs to a criminal organisation who rob belongings and bank cards from taxi customers in Mexico City as well as engaging in drug dealing outside bars in the capital.
Another man, named in reports as Jose Manuel O., was also arrested as the taxi driver’s alleged accomplice. The authorities believe Jose Manuel O. was in charge of carrying out purchases with the stolen bank cards as well as selling on any stolen belongings.
It is unclear if the suspects have been charged.
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