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Lara policemen killed a mechanic and a client and robbed the workshop

Alvis Yoel Yustiz Hernández and Alberto José Suárez Aranguren were assassinated by a commission from the Directorate of Intelligence and Preventive Strategies (DIEP). The alleged extrajudicial execution occurred on May 21 in the Jiménez municipality of Lara state

Proiuris Report

Karina Peraza Rodriguez

At 2:00 pm, the tranquility of the El Patriota village, located in the Tintorero parish of the Jiménez municipality of Lara state, was interrupted by the arrival of six private vehicles and three motorcycles. They were policemen.

The onslaught of officials from the Directorate of Intelligence and Preventive Strategies (DIEP) of the Lara State Police alarmed the locals. The DIEP agents went directly to the workshop of the 26-year-old mechanic of the town Alvis Yoel Yustiz Hernández.

According to witnesses whose identity is withheld due to the risk of reprisals, the police pointed firearms at the 55-year-old father of Alvis Yoel , who was at the entrance of the workshop in the company of a client identified as Alberto José Suárez Aranguren, 36 years old. Both were washing parts of the vehicle that they were repairing at the time.

Alvis Yoel left and immediately the DIEP officials subdued and forced him to enter the workshop, just as they did with Alberto José. Puzzled, the mechanic’s father asked the police for explanations.

«We’re going to talk to your son, nothing more», they told him as they handcuffed him, covered his face with a shirt and put him in a blue vehicle. Later, the mechanic’s father was transferred to a private vehicle that drove away from the community.

The father was questioned while he was being transferred in an uncertain direction. They asked him about weapons and told him that his son had been stealing the last couple of days, relatives claimed and denied that Alvis Yoel was a criminal.

Several women from the community came out of their homes in support of Alvis Yoel and his family. Alvis Yoel was the youngest of three siblings. Suddenly, they heard detonations and began to beg not to kill the two men who were being subjected by DIEP officials. The pleas were in vain.

The bodies of Alvis Yoel and Alberto José were taken out of the workshop and carried in a truck. They were taken to the Baudilio Lara Hospital in Quibor, where they were admitted without vital signs. They both had shots to the chest.

The DIEP commission remained in place for hours. Family members and neighbors watched helplessly as they rocked in the hammocks inside the workshop and also ate the food they found there.

In addition, they observed how in several vehicles, the policemen loaded with vehicle parts, spare parts, tires, tools, bottles from the house and even the clothes of Alvis Yeol and his father. They also took a van owned by Alvis Yoel’s father , a motorcycle owned by an aunt of the young man, and Alberto José’s vehicle.

That same Thursday, at 8:30 pm, DIEP officials abandoned the mechanic’s father on the road to Tintorero and he had to walk back to his house, where he arrived, exhausted, at 10:00 pm.

He hoped to be reunited with his son. But they had killed him and, in addition, they had stolen everything. He was left without a son and without a job. To pick  Avis’ body up, Yoel had to borrow a truck and to pay for funeral expenses, the man had to ask for money from the community of the El Patriota village.

They wrecked Las Torrecitas.

A few minutes after the murder of the two men in the El Patriota village, another group of DIEP officials went to the Las Torrecitas village, where Alberto José lived. Violently and without a search warrant, they broke into his home and destroyed it. Neighbors say that they submitted and took Alberto José’s two brothers-in-law and three other people from the community. They are accused of being part of a criminal gang called Los Migueleros.

Alberto José’s family was experiencing the police outrage without knowing that their loved one had been killed. Once the DIEP agents finished with the arrests, the relatives learned that an hour before they had killed him in the El Patriota village.

Alberto José was a farmer. He had a criminal record for the crime of extortion and had to appear periodically before the court in charge of the criminal proceedings against him. He was married and had four minor children.

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