A Deputy Commissioner of Police was arrested yesterday in western Honduras with more than five other individuals who were caught after hijacking a cargo of coffee on Sunday. The officer was identified as Fredy Alexander Espinal Montoya, who is assigned to headquarters on the north coast of Honduras. Espinal Montoya is accused of participating in the theft of more than 300 pounds of coffee, valued at more than 600 thousand Lempiras, owned by the Jesus de Otoro cooperative.
The vehicle was intercepted at the bridge La Gloria, near Jesus Otoro. On Tuesday, officials of the National Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DNIC) seized the vehicle containing the cargo of coffee in the Macuelizo community, where the perpetrators were captured.
Espinal Montoya, Tabora Antonio Perez, Oscar Nunez Robles, Alfredo Castellanos, Melvin Salazar Carvajal, and Amado Antonio Benitez, aka “Pichet” were arrested. Griselda Soriano, police spokeswoman, said Tabora Perez has two arrest warrants out on charges of fraud. According to the DNIC, Salazar Carvajal is suspected of being a hired killer, and Antonio Benitez has an arrest warrant out in San Pedro Sula for the crime of murder.
Soriano said the group, led by the police deputy, was involved in numerous robberies throughout the La Esperanza, Comayagua, and Siguatepeque areas.
On Tuesday, yet another police officer was arrested at the exit to Valle de Angeles, after robbing a bank northwest of Tegucigalpa.