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|Juan “El Rudy” Rodolfo Yépez Ortíz was arrested in the early hours of Tuesday, November 8, in Tecate, Baja California.|
Local reports indicated that almost a dozen transport vehicles were on fire. In Villagrán it was learned that a passenger truck was set on fire in the community of San José, as well as an Oxxo at the exit to Juventino Rosas.
“The M-7 unit attends the vehicle fire report on the old road to Celaya, La Luz neighborhood,” reported the Juventino Rosas Fire Department, where two burning units were also located on Boulevard Lázaro Cárdenas. So far there are no reports of injured people or fatalities, although there are no people detained for these events.
Although the reason for these disturbances is unknown, it was unofficially indicated that these actions would be in response to the arrest of Juan Rodolfo Yépez Ortiz, alias El Rudy, brother of José Antonio Yépez Ortiz, alias El Marro, who was the leader of the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel (CSRL), with a strong presence in Guanajuato.
After the events, an operation was deployed in the municipalities, in which elements of the National Guard (GN), the Mexican Army, and the police of the different municipalities such as Celaya and Cortazar participate. Local media indicated that it was allegedly armed men who stripped the owners of their vehicles to set them on fire.
|Juan Rodolfo Yépez Ortiz, alias El Rudy, brother of El Marro and possibly had taken over control of CSRL after Marro’s arrest in 2020.|
It should be noted that Juan Rodolfo Yépez is originally from Santa Cruz Juventino de Rosas, a town where the burned vehicles were registered and where the CSRL operates. After El Marro’s arrest in August 2020, it is possible that his brother was the one who took command of the criminal organization that is at odds with CJNG in the region. Although leaked documents from Sedena were released by the hacker group “Guacamaya”, Karen Elizabeth Yépez Ortiz, sister of El Marro, is mentioned as the head of the criminal group.
These events are added to the attack on the San Fermín Clinic that occurred the day before, located in the Las Flores neighborhood, in Celaya, where armed men opened fire on the building and set it on fire. And it is that it transpired that members of the CSRL attended in that place, so it is presumed that the attack came from the CJNG.