Teen known as ‘El Chapito’ arrested in Mexico, accused of killing 8 people

FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2014 file photo, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, the head of Mexico's Sinaloa Cartel, is escorted to a helicopter in Mexico City following his capture in the beach resort town of Mazatlan, Mexico. Mexican President Andrs Manuel Lpez Obrador said on Wednesday, Jan. 18 2023 that the government will analyze El Chapo's request to be returned to Mexico to carry out his life prison sentence. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo, File)

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Teen known as 'El Chapito' arrested in Mexico, accused of killing 8 people

March 16, 2023

Mexican authorities have arrested a 14-year-old boy nicknamed El Chapito


the drug-related killing of eight people near Mexico City, the federal Public Safety Department said Thursday.

The boy is accused of riding up on a motorcycle and opening fire on a family in the low-income Mexico City suburb of Chimalhuacan. A man was also arrested in the Jan. 22 killings, and seven other alleged gang members were arrested on drug charges.

The victims were holding a party at their house at the time of the attack, which also left five adults and two children wounded. It was reportedly a birthday party.

The boys name was not released, but his nickname Little Chapo is an apparent reference to imprisoned drug lord Joaquin El Chapo Guzman.

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The motive in the killings has not been made public, but drug gangs in Mexico frequently dabble in kidnapping and contract killing. They have also been known to kill rivals selling drugs on their territory, or people who owe them money.

Minors who kill are nothing new in Mexico.

In 2010, soldiers detained a 14-year-old boy nicknamed El Ponchis. The boy claimed he was kidnapped when he was 11 and forced to work for the Cartel of the South Pacific, a branch of the splintered Beltran Leyva gang. He said he had participated in the decapitations of at least four people.

After his arrest, El Ponchis whom authorities identified only by his first name, Edgar told reporters he had been drugged and threatened into committing the crimes.