The commissioner of the Puerto Rico Police, Antonio Lopez Figueroamaintained that, although he has been linked to the former mayor of Catano Felix “el Cano” Delgado Montalvo with the business in Toa Baja where, on Monday night, the third massacre of the year was recorded, at the moment, it has not been possible to establish if there is any connection between the convicted former official and the shooting, which left five people dead and four injured.
One of Delgado Montalvo’s brothers was in the business during the shooting and is one of the people who were injured, the colonel previously confirmed. Roberto Rivera Mirandahead of the investigative branch of the Police.
“It is understood, as the investigation progresses, that this was directed at Xavier Matos Rivera, known as ‘Maco’, and his brother Jose Luis, who is currently injured and directly linked to drug trafficking.. “People did die who possibly had nothing to do with drug trafficking, but who were in the business,” said Lopez Figueroa, in a meeting with the media along with the governor. Pedro Pierluisi and other members of the government’s security component.
Although the mayor of Toa Baja, Bernardo “Betito” Marquezhas said that Delgado Montalvo was the “owner” or “manager” of the business, called The Tree HouseLopez Figueroa maintained that this is information that is not corroborated.
The new day verified the Registry of Corporations of the Department of Statewhere it is indicated that the La Casita del Arbol LLC corporation was registered on October 20, 2023, with Carlos Lopez Gonzalez as president and Felix Delgado Montalvo as vice president.
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Lopez Figueroa assured that the Federal Bureau of Investigation collaborates in the investigation of the massacre, although he maintained that this occurs “in all cases of murders”, and not due to a possible connection with Delgado Montalvo, who in 2021 pleaded guilty for corruption public after reaching an agreement with the US authorities.
“I don’t have that information yet. (The investigation) is just beginning. This (the massacre) was at 10:00 at night (on Monday). Just an hour ago the scene was still being worked on,” said Lopez Figueroa when asked if the former mayor of Catalonia would be interviewed by the authorities.
According to Lopez Figueroa, “Maco”, the alleged target of the gunmen, “had control of drug points in Toa Baja and also had certain differences with another criminal organization. “That angle is what is being investigated.”.
However, the commissioner commented that no information has emerged that indicates that La Casita del Arbol served as a drug point or was associated with criminal activities.
“In the vicinity (of the business) there are identified drug points that were already being worked on and that have been intervened on several occasions. Arrests have been made in that area of the Campanilla neighborhood, by the Puerto Rico Police, in recent weeks,” Lopez Figueroa stressed.
Pierluisi, who in the morning offered a message at the Therapeutic Justice Summit, organized by the Justice Department at the Caribe Hilton hotel, told the press that It is too early to reach conclusions about the connection between the business and the former municipal chief executive.
The Toabajeno mayor assured that Delgado Montalvo was present in La Casita del Arbol when the shooting occurred.
“That detail may not have any relevance or relevance to the crimes committed there. Now, I am not ruling out anything, I mean, everything is under investigation. We will know as we go what the result of that investigation is. “The important thing is to clarify the crime.”the president pointed out.
con information from the journalist Alex Figueroa Cancel.