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Vilcabamba, Ecuador: Argentine Artist Allegedly Murdered by Irishman

This is a developing story: The following information was forwarded to LatinAmericaCurrentEvents.com by an anonoymous source. (non-edited)

“As reported today in FB Vilcabamba Community. Alejandro Francia was an young Argentinian artist who did a lot of creative work here in Vilcabamba. This place is really attracting a lot of sociopaths …. have no idea why. The police did nothing after this guy had stabbed the Canadian woman. What a tragedy.

folow-up post; Apparently, Alejandro was instrumental in getting the stabber kicked out of his last hostel. So, he moved into Alejandro’s hotel las Ruinas de Quinara, in the room next door and started threatening him to the point the owners would escort Alejandro to his room. Why no one did anything more is beyond me. Weird legal system here…
Last night they heard Alejandro scream and ran up to find the Irish, non plussed over Alejandro’s body.”

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Apparently the alleged assailant from Ireland was taken into custody. He was also detained several months ago and released for attacking a Canadian tourist with a knife.Here is the report from the victim in that story from Latiamericacurrentevents.com/.

ATTEMPTED MURDER / ASSAULT WITH A SWITCHBLADE

This first hand account of an alleged brutal attack on a tourist from Canada by another tourist from Northern Ireland is shared in the victims own words.

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“I am Sheryl MacDonald, a Canadian female tourist. I have been in Vilcabamba since mid November.
On Friday December 22, 2017 at approximately 12:10 pm, I was viciously attacked with a 6-inch (15 cm) hooked switchblade in a local guest house by a male tourist from Northern Ireland, staying in the same place.

The attacker appears to have been delusional and in a
psychotic break from reality during this crime. My education is in police studies, psychology and
deviant behavior. I worked for a law enforcement agency for 22 years. I am also an addictions
counsellor and have experience working with many clients with addictions and concurrent
mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety and schizophrenia.

Excessive use of marijuana is highly correlated to the onset of schizophrenia.
The perpetrator ALWYN PETER MILLEN is Caucasion, around 40 years old with sandy colored
thinning hair brushed back over the top. The back of his hair flips out and covers his neck. He was clean-shaven at the time. He is around 5 feet 6 inches tall (168 cm) and weighs
approximately 150 pounds (68 kg). Millen has blue or light colored eyes. He presents as very
friendly, chatty and personable. He speaks with an Irish accent and is quite fluent in Spanish.
He has a really cute tiny 8 week old black puppy with white paws called Snoopy.
Millen’s first stay at the guest house near the end of November was only a few days. It was
uneventful except for the very dark satanic recordings he listened to on another guest’s
computer with his Bible next to him. Millen was pleasant to me and willingly shared with me
some of his troubled life story on the day he arrived at the guest house. Although he was not
longer addicted to other drugs, he had been using marijuana excessively and was trying to
wean from that.

Over the course of Millen’s second stay at the guest house the week before Christmas, there
was evidence that he may be troubled. He began more frequently making references to guests
about satan, the antichrist, the beast, 666 and killing.
Other guests and I noticed that Millen did not seem to have any food for himself or the little
puppy someone had just given him. The other guests offered him their eggs and he also ate my
eggs. In addition, I offered Millen some supper one night after noticing he had not eaten. He
accepted taking it into his room. However the next morning, when the guest that had offered
Millen some eggs was making coffee, Millen accused that guest and me of poisoning him and
his dog and stated that he would kill us. The guest reported the matter and Millen was going to
be asked to leave the guest house. When I was told of the threat, I stated that I thought Millen
was having a psychotic episode.

Later that day around noon when I was preparing to leave Vilcabamba for Christmas, Millen put
the puppy in his room and sat calmly with his knife on the couch waiting for me to be alone in
the house. It was obvious the attack was pre-meditated. I came downstairs to pack my food.
Millen spoke calmly to me asking if I was leaving. I confirmed this and had my back to him when
he severely slashed my left arm twice down into the muscle tissue just missing the braccheal
artery. The first cut is across the bicep and the second one across the tricep. The knife was so
sharp I did not realize until after the second cut that I had been slashed. Millen then stepped
back around the couch and kept pointing the knife at me. I was screaming to get attention and
trying to figure out how to escape. Millen told me he was going to kill me as he pointed the knife
at me and tried to get closer. He had a crazed look in his eyes like someone who is having a
psychotic episode. I had seen that look before when dealing with addicts who had paranoid
schizophrenia.

As people heard my screaming and rushed into the house, I yelled that Millen had a switchblade
and that he had slashed my arm. I then ran out of the house from another exit and was assisted
by others with a tourniquet and taken to hospital.
Following the attack, Millen sat quietly in the living room of the guest house and began to read a
book as if nothing had happened. He stated to the others minding him that I had poisoned him
so I deserved it. Millen ate breakfast with all of us every day and never showed signs of being ill
from anyone’s food.

UPDATE
Despite the severity of the offence, Millen was released from jail on December 23. He was
spotted back in Vilcabamba after that on numerous occasions with his puppy Snoopy. The
puppy makes it more attractive for people to approach him. It is believed that Millen is currently
living in Vilcabamba and has likely retrieved his switchblade, which the police never found.
MILLEN SHOULD BE CONSIDERED ARMED AND DANGEROUS WHEN HE
IS DELUSIONAL AND IN A PARANOID PSYCHOTIC STATE. PERSONS WHO
ARE NOT TRAINED TO IDENTIFY THIS WILL LIKELY NOT RECOGNIZE THE
DANGER.

When people are in a psychotic break from reality, they think their situation is VERY real and
will act out to protect themselves from their perceived danger. There is no convincing them
otherwise or that their dangerous situation is not real. In fact that escalates their paranoia.
Psychotic individuals are not usually aware that they need help.

PHOTOS OF VICTIMS INJURIES REDACTED FOR THIS ARTICLE

POLICE RESPONSE AND THE LEGAL SYSTEM
A call to 911 was placed for the police to attend the location. They were told of the gravity of the
situation. Yet the police had not left the police station by the time my taxi went by there on the
way to the hospital. At that time, the police were told again of the serious situation and asked to
go immediately. Their response time from the first call was around 45 minutes, which is
completely unacceptable.
Despite having Spanish speaking persons with me at all times and asking a multitude of times
to provide my statement (denuncia), I was never allowed to give my statement to the police at
the hospital, at the Vilcabamba police station or later that day in Loja at the fiscalia and the two
other places I was sent to. The next day prior to the hearing (audiencia), I again asked to give
my statement at the fiscalia because I had been told it needed to be done within 24 hours of the
offence in order to keep my attacker in jail. I was denied and told it was not necessary. I had
never been allowed to provide a statement to anyone until December 29.

The statement I provided on December 29 at a fiscalia in another location was exactly the first
section of the security alert translated precisely by an Ecuadorian friend. The man typing my
denuncia made several serious errors in it and added information that was never said. He
refused to correct any of the errors despite several requests. I was told to sign the denuncia or
leave the fiscalia. So I signed it with a note above my signature that there were many
inaccuracies in the denuncia. The man told me the fiscalia would call me on Tuesday January 2,
2018.

In addition to having my rights denied to give a statement for a week, I was also denied the right
to have a copy of my hospital report from the police, the court docket used at the Loja fiscalia
and any police reports.

My case should never have been sent to the fiscalia. A contact in the upper echelons of the
Ecuadorian government told me I should have been sent to the Defensoría pública. From what I
understand, the fiscalia is for private civil matters. In cases of personal injury in a private matter,
there is no jail time if the injuries are expected to heal within 30 days. The person appointed to
represent me (the victim’s case) was determined not to have jurisdiction because the court
appointed doctor who examined my stitched up arm prior to the hearing stated it would heal in
less than 30 days, even though I had internal and external stitches in both slashes. It is now just
over one week after the attack and I still cannot stretch out my arm or put any pressure on it.
Basically the judge at the Loja fiscalia dismissed the case but issued a restraining order (boleta
de auxilio y protección). Individuals in a psychotic state are not concerned with restraining
orders. This method of protection is not effective in this case even if the restraining order had
been written without errors and contained all the conditions dictated by the judge. That was not
the case however, which magnified the uselessness of the restraining order.
Millen would likely still be incarcerated and the public not at risk had my case been handled
properly and had I been allowed to provide my statement right away. It is not known why the
proper process was not followed for what at minimum is a serious physical assault with a
weapon and at maximum is an attempted murder.

I feel like the perpetrator was treated as a victim and I was treated like an accused. He gets out
of jail and gets all his rights met. Conversely I get all my rights denied and am left with two
massive scars across my arm as a constant memory every time I look in the mirror. If I return to
Vilcabamba, I risk being murdered by Millen.

VILCABAMBA, TOURISM AND VIOLENCE
I loved Vilcabamba and was actually considering it as a potential place for me to settle in a
couple of years. However that has changed now that I am aware of the amount of past and
present violent crime in the area and the inability of the authorities and government to respond
in such a way that keeps the community at large secure.
Not only does this make it unattractive for me to return but for other tourists as well. Taxi drivers
and local businesses are suffering these days due to a significant downturn in tourism. Look at
all the expats that have moved away too. The biggest reason they are gone is violent crime and
because of the preference of the authorities to live in denial by hiding these crimes for tourism
purposes. This approach is having the opposite effect. It is pushing people away when they
realize Vilcabamba is not the peaceful loving healing place it purports to be. With two attempted
murders in just over two weeks, you would think that the Ministeros de Turismo and Interior
would be implementing and enforcing safe, just and fair legal processes that are clear and
ensure the proper training of the police, the fiscalia and public defendor staff on how deal with
the victims and perpetrators of violent crimes. But they are not.

I am very sad to say goodbye this way. Thank you to all those in the community (locals and
expats) who befriended me during my stay and who helped me get through this terrifying attack.

I pray that ALWYN PETER MILLEN gets the help he needs before he attacks or murders
someone else while in a delusional psychotic state. He really should have been deported back
to Northern Ireland into the hands of the authorities so that he can get help.

Sheryl MacDonald
Survivor

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UPDATE: ACCORDING TO THIS EMAIL SENT TO THE VICTIM FROM CANADIAN AUTHORITIES, THE ACCUSED ASSAILANT HAS BEEN DETAINED:

EMAIL TO THE VICTIM FROM THE CANADIAN EMBASSY:
5th Janurary
“Good morning Ms. MacDonald,

I received an email from Gabriela Suarez, Tourist Welfare Director of the (Ecuadorian) Ministry of Tourism, she confirmed that she has followed up the case with the prosecutor’s office in Loja and the aggressor has been detained for legal proceeding. The people from the Zonal Coordination of the Ministry of Tourism will continue to follow up the case in order that this case.

Regards,

Raquel Bahamonde”

Consular Officer/Agente Consulaire
Embassy of Canada/Ambassade du Canada
raquel.bahamonde@international.gc.ca
Telephone/Téléphone:(5932)245-5499 ext 3653340
Facsimile/Telecopieur: (5932)227-7672
Av. Amazonas N37-29 y Unión Nacional de Periodistas, Edificio Eurocenter, 3 er piso.
Quito, Ecuador

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Former Expat in Ecuador pleads guilty to Assault Charges in U.S., sentenced to prison

Defendant fled the U.S. and was residing in Cuenca, Ecuador at the time he was detained. North Carolina: morganton.com – A Connelly Springs man who spent two years in Ecuador after firing a weapon into a Burke County home could spend up to 11 years in prison. Dean Allan Yancey, 63, pleaded guilty last week […]

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Disbarred Attorney from U.S. Convicted of plotting to fly cocaine from Ecuador

One of Casey Anthony’s former lawyers was convicted of cocaine trafficking in court on Friday. Drugs were destined for ultimate destination of the United States. dailymail.co.uk / Todd Macaluso was found guilty of an international cocaine distribution conspiracy after plotting to fly a plane-full of the drugs from Ecuador to Honduras, according to the New […]

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Cusco, Peru airport: Tourist detained for trafficking in protected species insects

diariocorreo.pe (machine translated) Police personnel assigned to the Alejandro Velasco Astete Airport in Cusco , intervened a foreign citizen who moved an insectary containing protected species considered National Heritage of the Nation The tourist was identified as Rintanen Kari (54), a native of Finland, the same who traveled to the city of Lima, referring to […]

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Ecuador: Anti-Narcotic Unit Ambushed near Colombia border in San Lorenzo

ELUNIVERSO.COM REPORTED (MACHINE TRANSLATED) With pistol, rifle and even grenade attacks, teams of the Mobile Anti-narcotics Special Group ( GEMA ) were ambushed on Thursday afternoon on the Cadena-Puerto Rico highway, in the border area of San Lorenzo , minutes from Colombia. According to the police report, while carrying out a “sweep” of reconnaissance to […]

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Cuenca, Ecuador: Woman cuts man’s face after argument in historic center (video)

Anoche, tras riña mujer le cortó el rostro con estilete a su pareja en Centro Histórico. Hombre fue llevado a hospital y sospechosa detenida pic.twitter.com/RIYJXwgBNA — Ivan Velesaca (@cronicacuenca) October 25, 2017 Anoche, tras riña mujer le cortó el rostro con estilete a su pareja en Centro Histórico. Hombre fue llevado a hospital y sospechosa […]

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Cotopaxi, Ecuador: 15 cases of sexual abuse reported

lahora.com.ec reported In the province there have been 15 cases of sexual abuse of minors in the provincial prosecution, of which 10 are treated at the Nintinacazo type C Health Center in Cotopaxi. (latacunga) Jorge Rosero, Psychologist from the Latacunga Health District, said that since the beginning of the year to date there have been […]

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Rio de Janeiro Brazil: Tourist shot, killed by police while on tour of favela

The incident occurred during a morning of heavy rains and hours after a shootout between police and alleged narco-traffickers in the favela of RocinhaRIO DE JANEIRO BRAZIL. –   novedadesaca.mx (machine translated) A Spaniard who visited one of the largest favelas in Brazil as part of a tourist trip was killed by military police on […]

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Salinas, Ecuador: Expat wakes up to thief trying to break into his residence

FROM POST ON SOCIAL MEDIA, NAME WITHHELD UNEDITED – Hello Salinas Friends, Just wanted to let you know so you can beware. Yesterday a thief climbed up my fence at 3am in San Lorenzo and he was searching for a way in on the backyard, luckily enough they stumbled upon some glass bottles and made […]

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Ecuador, Chile: Analysis of Corruption in Police Forces

INSIGHTCRIME.ORG /Parker Asmann REPORTED In Ecuador and Chile, two of Latin America’s most trusted police institutions have been hit by recent corruption scandals, a reminder that even the most highly-regarded security forces in the region are far from perfect. Ecuador’s national police is currently embroiled in one of the most serious cases of corruption in […]

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Ecuador: Former member of Transparency Secretariat alleges he was forced to stop investigations

16 FEB 2017 hispanopost.com – machine translated |MARÍA ALESIA SOSA, Miami Diego Vallejo, a former member of the Transparency Secretariat of Ecuador, denounced how his superiors forced him to stop corruption investigations, involving senior government officials of Rafael Correa. “Now Vice President Jorge Glas directly called my boss, now Minister Jose Serrano, to ask him […]

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Cuba: Sound Sample of Sonic Warfare that diplomats heard

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Mexico: U.S. State Department allegedly not including some unnatural deaths in stats

jsonline.com reported the U.S State Department updated its data this week on the number of U.S. citizens who died in Mexico of unnatural causes during the first half of the year. Not included in the list? Abbey Conner, 20, a UW-Whitewater student who was pulled lifeless out of a pool under mysterious circumstances just hours […]

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Ecuador Mobile Phone Operators to tackle stolen phone problem, improve natural disaster response

GSMA We Care Ecuador: Mobile Operators Join Forces to Work on Natural Disaster Response and Tackle Handset Theft bnamericas.com / Ecuador’s mobile industry today launched the “We Care Ecuador” campaign, an initiative of the GSMA in Latin America to set up local actions that will help achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Operators […]

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Guayaquil, Ecuador: Robbers assault passenger vehicle front of Malecon (Video)

Undated video shows three assailants at will assaulting a passenger vehicle with weapons on the main road in front of the famous tourist attraction Malecon 2000 in Guayaquil, Ecuador. SAFETY, HEALTH, SECURITY IN ECUADOR – THIS BOOK IS A MUST READ BY ANYONE VISITING OR MOVING TO ECUADOR  

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Ecuador: U.N. study reveals high prevalence of physical, sexual, psychological violence against children

UN report on violence against children in Ecuador One study has revealed a high prevalence of physical, sexual and psychological violence in homes, schools and other places redaccionmedica.ec – machine translated – The United Nations (UN) Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) has criticized the high prevalence of sexual, physical and psychological violence […]

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Urdesa Guayaquil Ecuador: Businessman robbed, murdered in cold blood by motorcyclists

eluniverso.com reported (Machine Translated) Martha Gonzalez lives in central Urdesa 30 years ago and yesterday from the portal of her house saw agents of the Violent Death Unit perform the skills to solve the crime of a man who after trying to arrest two individuals who had just raided his business , was shot in […]

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Ecuador: Vice-President, uncle in custody awaiting corruption trial in connection to Odebrecht case

newsobserver.com / AP – Ecuador’s Vice President Jorge Glas was jailed Monday after the Supreme Court ordered his arrest while he is investigated for allegedly taking bribes from a Brazilian construction giant involved in a sprawling regional graft scandal. Police took Glas into custody at his residence in the city of Guayaquil and later transported […]

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Drug Arrest Colombia: Aussie Claims the proof of innocence in locked phone

abc.net.a / Accused Australian drug mule Cassandra Sainsbury says she cannot remember how to unlock her mobile phone, which contains evidence of threats to kill her family. INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY – EXCELLENT RESOURCE TO IMPROVE VOCABULARY The 22-year-old Adelaide woman was caught at Bogota’s El Dorado international airport in April, trying to smuggle 5.8 kilograms […]

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Bogota, Colombia: Australian woman detained for smuggling cocaine at airport

INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY – A GREAT REFERENCE BOOK May 2, 2017 thenewdaily.com.au – The purchase of a last-minute airline ticket in Hong Kong rang alarm bells among US drug agencies, which led to the arrest of Australian woman Cassandra Sainsbury in Colombia on drugs charges. The Australian newspaper has reported that the ticket, bought by […]

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Machala, Ecuador: Famous Iguanas of Parque Plaza Colón slaughtered with rat poison (video)

MACHALA ECUADOR – EXTERMINATION OF THE GRACIOUS IGUANA FROM A PARK Everyone who has visited Guayaquil, Ecuador wants to see the ancient Iguanas which grace an old park in the middle of this hot and humid port city. Machala, Ecuador also on the hot and humid side has invested millions of dollars in the once […]

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Cuenca, Ecuador: Video shows three thieves ripping off merchant

Cuenca Ecuador: Video shows three thieves working together to steal from a merchant not paying attention to what is going on. Event took place on 10 de Agosto in the commercial area. THINKING OF MOVING TO ECUADOR – BE BETTER PREPARED – READ THIS BOOK Ivan Velesaca Video muestra como 3 ciudadanos aprovechan descuido y […]

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Colombia: Rights Violations, Atrocities need to be addressed in post conflict phase

theconversation.com / As Colombia’s 50-year armed conflict enters a post-conflict phase, the country is having to face up to the toll it took on millions of lives. There are more than 8m registered victims, and today, Colombia is host to 7.4m internally displaced people – more than anywhere else in the world. Atrocities were committed […]

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Ecuador: 112 Women Murdered through September 17, 2017

Latacunga – Flor Pineda Bamba died at 00:30 yesterday because of an injury to the jugular, allegedly caused by his partner , in the streets Felix Valencia and Quijano, in the city of Latacunga. According to the police department of the uniformed New Circuit Vida, the crime would be a suspected femicide with the use […]

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Brazil: British tourist (canoeist), shot, sexually assaulted, murdered on river trip

telegraph.co.uk / Nicola Harley reported British teacher murdered by Amazon pirates refused offer of help from locals to accompany her as she canoed dangerous stretch of river – British canoeist Emma Kelty rejected an offer of safe passage through dangerous pirate infested waters prior to her murder over fears she was losing too much time […]

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Brazil: Lead Suspect in Robbery & Murder of British Tourist Kayaker, killed

independent.co.uk / Harriet Agerholm The ringleader of a gang of pirates suspected of robbing and murdering a British kayaker in the Amazon has been killed, Brazilian police have said. Evanilson Gomes da Costa – a 24-year-old known as Baia – was one of seven gang members who police believe murdered Emma Kelty, a former headteacher […]

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Brazil: Lead suspect in robbery and murder of British tourist kayaker, killed

independent.co.uk / The ringleader of a gang of pirates suspected of robbing and murdering a British kayaker in the Amazon has been killed, Brazilian police have said. Evanilson Gomes da Costa – a 24-year-old known as Baia – was one of seven gang members who police believe murdered Emma Kelty, a former headteacher from north […]

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Company in Ecuador breeds rare frogs, trying to stop illegal pet trade

Ecuador is home to over 500 frog species and many face risks from the illegal pet trade. One company thinks it knows how to stop it. These Beautiful Frogs Are in Trouble—Can Selling Them Help? nationalgeographic.com / By Sarah Gibbens Conservationists in Ecuador have taken a controversial approach to fighting the country’s illegal frog trade—they’ve […]

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Montanita Ecuador: Alibi for one of defendants in murder of two tourists, bites the dust

.infobae.com (Machine Translated) Jose Luis Perez Castro (31) is one of the defendants of the double crime of María José Coni (22) and Marina Menegazzo (21) – the Mendocinean tourists who were murdered in the Ecuadorian town of Montañita – and that yesterday suffered a severe setback in full trial: one of the key witnesses […]

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Cuenca, Ecuador: Prostitution, insecurity of concern to residents in parish El Vecino

elmercurio.com.ec / Prostitution and insecurity are aspects that concern the inhabitants of the parish El Vecino. In recent weeks they have met with the provincial authorities to put on the table proposals that help improve security in the 34 districts of the parish. Jorge Herrera, president of the parish El Vecino, said that the leaders […]

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Cuenca, Ecuador: Prosecutors, Police Raid offices of prominent family in corruption case

Cuenca, Ecuador: Police Raid offices of Eljuri Group in reference to Odebrecht corruption scandal eltiempo.com.ec reported the Office of the Prosecutor and the Judicial and Criminal Police, last night raided the offices of the Eljuri Group, located in Gil Ramírez Dávalos Avenue and Armenillas, as part of a research process. Police and prosecutors raided the […]

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Ecuador: American taken into custody for investigation in kidnapping of two women

elciudadano.gob.ec / Cuenca (Azuay) (machine translated) – The afternoon of Tuesday, September 12, foreigner Jonathan Matthew P., 33, was detained by the National Police for investigations, for being involved in an alleged kidnapping of two women of Colombian nationality . The incident took place at 4:00 p.m., in the Pórtico del Ejido building, located on […]

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Guayaquil, Ecuador: Authorities discover fake taxi, with seals, color of legal taxi

ecuavisa.com / In an operation of the National Police carried out in Guayaquil, in Samanes stage III, to which were added the transit agents of the ATM, a vehicle was detected that carried a stamp of the Municipal Transit Authority with the number 05525 and a sticker of the which attracted attention and after an […]

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Cuenca Ecuador: U.S. Citizen allegedly abducts two Colombian sex workers

Two sex workers allege they were victims of false imprisonment by U.S. citizen and threatened with a knife when they wanted to leave the American’s apartment. elmercurio.com.ec (machine translated) / Two sex workers of Colombian nationality, 20 and 21, were allegedly abducted by a man of U.S. nationality yesterday afternoon in the Condominios Del Ejido […]

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Ecuador: Missing woman found working in brothel, victim of forced prostitution

eltelegrafo.com.ec (machine translated) reported…The National Police of Ecuador, through the Unit Against the Crime of Trafficking in Persons and Trafficking of Migrants (Ucdtptm), carried out the operation “Fortaleza 89” through which four citizens of Ecuadorian nationality, allegedly engaged in the crime of forced prostitution. The operation took place in Guayaquil, on Thursday, starting at 10:00 […]

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Ecuador: 2,402 criminal complaints filed a month by victims

eltelegrafo.com.ec / (machine translated) The most common crimes are micro-trafficking, theft and robbery. Prosecutor’s Office has 174 points of attention in the national territory, more than 40 prosecutors work in Quito and Guayaquil. Lorenzo was injured during a burglary outside his home. Some criminals beat him with the guns to steal the dump. The suspects […]

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Report states as much as 80 percent of crimes not reported in Ecuador

eltelegrafo.com.ec reported thefts, psychological violence, sexual abuse, physical violence and drug trafficking are the five most reported crimes in the province of Guayas. These figures are derived from the State Attorney General’s Office. However,numerous crimes are not reported to authorities. A study found that 80% of crimes in Ecuador go unreported. Other countries also have […]

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Quito, Ecuador: Double Murder in Hotel heist located in Historic Center (Aug. 17′)

Well Planned Heist – Double murder in a hotel in the Historic Center of Quito lahora / (machine translated) QUITO They had everything planned. Two criminals entered a historic downtown hotel to rob guests of many who were foreigners.. The buffoons waited until nightfall to attack the victims. They were willing to do everything in […]

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Cuenca Ecuador: Crime of Opportunity still threat for expats, travelers

cuencahighlife.com /Martin Simmons The young man who recently moved to Cuenca from California described how thieves stole his cell phone and $100 in cash the first month he was in town. Late at night, there are places to be avoided. Hearing his story, a middle-aged woman from New Jersey, standing next to him at a […]

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Babahoyo – Vinces Ecuador, bus attacked by armed assailants (video)

Armed criminals assault interprovincial bus that covered the route Babahoyo – Vinces / Some who have viewed this video believe the driver may have been involved with the assailants – notice bus slowing down and picking up passengers not at normal stop for an interprovincial bus. Video is Graphic (No SAFETY, SECURITY, HEALTH IN ECUADOR […]

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Mexico City, Mexico: Notorious Colombian Hotel Thief Detained, other suspect at large

noticieros.televisa.com / Mario Torres /machine translated/ José Mauricio Prieto Salamanca, a 36-year-old Colombian , was arrested last Friday in the vicinity of a Cuauhtemoc delegation hotel. Prieto Salamanca is related to four reports of theft in different hotels located in the Polanco, Santa Fe and Roma colonies. The Colombian has a history of robbery in […]

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Argentina: Expat allegedy murdered in his home by male prostitute

Finlay Ferguson was found naked on the bed of his Argentina home as a teenager was arrested over the grisly crime thescottishsun.co.uk FRIENDS of murdered Scots musician Finlay Ferguson have leaped to his defence over hurtful comments about his sex life in the wake of his death. INTERMEDIATE, ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY – READ THIS BOOK […]

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Ecuador: Bus Assaults Still threat, another one bites the dust route to Cuenca

BUS ON ZHUMIRAL-CUENCA ROUTE ASSAULTED BY ARMED THUGS (El Tiempo)  On Wednesday August 30th, 2017,  at 7:00 am. a Cooperativa Azuay bus was assaulted by armed thugs who feigned being passengers. Three of the so called passengers(robbers) then then allowed two more assailants on board the bus. One of the robbers fired his weapon into […]

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Ecuador: Cautionary tale of professional thieves targeting passengers on interprovincial buses

Despite all the security measures that have been put in place, travel on inter-provincial or long haul buses have security risks. Awareness is mandatory at all times including while getting on or off of a bus. The following story is an unedited version of a recent experience of an expat in Ecuador taking a trip […]

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Guayaquil, Ecuador: Crime Wave of Dog Poisonings in neighborhood near San Marino Mall

Robberies in residential sector north of Guayaquil increased after dog poisoning Security ELUNIVERSO.COM (MACHINE TRANSLATED) This series of crimes intensified after they poisoned the pet of Milton, the past 2 of July. Similar crimes have been committed since that day. The whistleblower said his dog (German shepherd) was barking loudly and driving away the criminals. […]

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Guayaquil Ecuador: Woman Arrested on Metrovia for stealing cell phones

eluniverso.com (machine translated) The woman was arrested for stealing at a Metrovía station, in the Florida sector, in the north of Guayaquil. At the time of the arrest, the woman was found with three cell phones. This morning, members of the National Police captured a woman who was subtracting cell phones at a Metrovía station, […]

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Otavalo, Ecuador: 8 year old boy kidnapped for ransom, found safe in hostel

eluniverso.com /(machine translated) OTAVALO, Imbabura. The mother of the kidnapped child was reunited with him in the police units. Otavalo – Dennis, the 8-year-old boy who was kidnapped last Saturday in Otavalo (Imbabura), reunited with his family yesterday. The police rescued him and arrested one of the alleged kidnappers. The little boy enjoyed the last […]

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Itarema Brazil: Lithuanian tourist cyclist assaulted, raped

laverdadnoticias.com – A 42-year-old Lithuanian tourist was assaulted and raped in the state of Ceará , Brazil , while participating in an expedition that toured South America on a bicycle for the Olympic year , local media reported. The rape occurred on Saturday when the group she accompanied, made up of about a dozen Lithuanians […]

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Michoacán, Mexico: Tourist from Ireland murdered, girlfriend from Arizona injured in robbery

TOURIST FROM IRELAND SHOT TO DEATH AFTER STOPPING AT GAS STATION TO ASK FOR DIRECTIONS. GILFRIENDfROM TUCSON ARIZONA ALSO INJURED, HOSPITALIZED irishexaminer.com 08-18-2017 The man, originally from Louth, was murdered in the Lazaro Cardenas region in the State of Michoacán on Tuesday. According to local media reports, the man was travelling with his American partner […]

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Mexico: Another journalist murdered, under government protection

Coatzacoalcos, Mexico (AFP) (Breitbart.com) – A Mexican journalist under government protection was shot dead Tuesday in the violent state of Veracruz, an official said, the 10th journalist murdered in Mexico this year. Candido Rios, a crime reporter for a regional newspaper, was gunned down outside a convenience store in the eastern town of Hueyapan de […]

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Ecuador: Monster of the Andes, Serial Killer Documentary (Video)

Pedro Alonso Lopez became known as the “Monster of the Andes” in 1980 when he led police to 53 graves in Ecuador, all of the girls around nine to twelve years old, and in 1983 he was found guilty of the murder of 110 girls in Ecuador, confessing to a further 240 murders in Peru […]

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Guayaquil, Ecuador: scopolamine not only drug used to incapacitate victims

eluniverso.com (machine translated) Restricted substances are used in thefts of individuals They blow a substance from a piece of paper, they give them a towel, they touch them, they apply some substance to them, like perfumes, or they give them some drink and minutes later they lose their will to act or the knowledge, the […]

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Chile: Semi Trucks Set on Fire in arson attack, evidence points to Indigenous group

(Reuters/oann.com) – Eighteen semi trucks used to transport food were set on fire in a parking lot in the southern Chilean city of Temuco on Saturday, local authorities said. The incident appeared to be intentional and the governor of the region of Araucania, Nora Barrientos, told local radio that evidence gathered at the scene linked […]

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Paraguay, Major Marijuana Powerhouse

Washington Post – CURUGUATY, Paraguay — Paraguay is a global marijuana powerhouse: The small South American country produces 9 percent of the world’s supply. But until recently, it wasn’t common there to see drug raids or hear helicopters thumping overhead in search of plantations. That’s all changing. Last June, Paraguay’s most prominent crime lord was killed by […]

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Totoracocha, Cuenca, Ecuador: Video of robbery with knife of pedestrians

2. Con cuchillo en mano así roban a transeúntes en Totoracocha #Cuenca. #MercurioEc @mercurioec @tomebamba pic.twitter.com/XgRDfwVavf — Ivan Velesaca (@cronicacuenca) August 18, 2017 SAFETY, SECURITY, HEALTH IN ECUADOR – READ THIS BOOK

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Cuenca Ecuador: Video of Motorcyclists Assaulting, Robbing Pedestrians

1. in #Cuenca video reveals how they operate criminals on a motorcycle in the Totoracocha sector. #MercurioEc | IVM 1. En #Cuenca video revela como operan delincuentes en moto en el sector de Totoracocha. #MercurioEc @mercurioec @tomebamba pic.twitter.com/K3XO6ENgBK — Ivan Velesaca (@cronicacuenca) August 18, 2017 SAFETY, SECURITY, HEALTH IN ECUADOR – THIS BOOK IS A […]

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Sao Paulo Brazil: Video of Cell Phone Theft on streets

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Ecuador: Graphic Video of Knife Wielding Bus Robbers

#URGENTE | #COMPARTE TO BE CAPTURED STRONGLY ARMED CRIME ROBANS TO PASSENGERS OF THE CITIM COOP IN THE VIA MILAGRO-GUAYAQUIL Moments of terror lived the passengers of the bus of the coop. #Citim when heavily armed criminals untied them. The unit covered the route #Milagro – #Guayaquil. The National Police dismantled a band that operated […]

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Venezuela: Military Base Attacked by Civilians, weapons stolen

axar.az/sputnik = The attack targeting the Paramacay military base in Venezuela was carried out by a group of civilians, the country’s Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez said Sunday. Earlier in the day, media reported that a group of people wearing military uniform attacked the military base. Vice President of the Venezuelan ruling United Socialist Party […]

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Two Murders in Two Days in Portoviejo, Manabi Ecuador

PORTOVIEJO. The body of the victim, who was 50 years old. eluniverso.com With at least three shots, two of those visible in the head, Jimmy León Zambrano, 50, was killed yesterday morning in the sector of the Santa Cruz bridge in the capital of Manabi. Staff from specialized police units, such as the Dinased, were […]

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