March 29th, 2010
01:26 PM ET

Arrest made in case of American deaths in Juarez

The Mexican military has arrested a suspect in the killings this month of three people with ties to the U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, a federal spokesman said Monday.

"The only thing that I can say is we can confirm someone was arrested," spokesman Enrique Torres said. "The attorney general will give more details soon."

The suspect was arrested sometime Friday, Torres said. The person was not identified, but was described as being 42 years old and a member of the Aztecas, a local street gang affiliated with the Juarez drug cartel.

The Chihuahua state attorney general is telling us that this guy is implicated in the killings of Arthur Redelfs and his pregnant wife, Lesley  (Enriquez)," municipal police department spokesman Jacinto Seguro told CNN.

Local newspaper El Diario reported that the suspect was captured with the help of the FBI.

An FBI spokesman in El Paso, Texas, had no comment other than to say that the investigation continues.

The three victims had all been at a party in Juarez and left in two vehicles that looked similar. They were killed on the roads in drive-by  shootings.

Two of the victims were four-months-pregnant Lesley Ann Enriquez, an employee of the consulate in Juarez ,and her U.S. citizen husband, Redelfs, who was a jailer in El Paso. The couple's 10-month-old child, who also was in the vehicle, was not injured.

The third victim, found dead in the other vehicle, was identified as the husband of a Mexican employee of the consulate. His wife was not traveling with him, but two of their children in the car were wounded, officials said.

- CNN's Carol Cratty contributed to this report.

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  1. p41

    The U.S should, as a duty to its citizens, and the world, send troops into Juarez to show the Mexican authorities how to combat terrorist thugs.

    March 29, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Thomas Swartz

    Better to put those troops on the border and keep mexican problems in mexico.

    March 29, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. TBA

    Catch all of these drugy and HANG THEM ALL to make an example of them. Then send US TROOPS to the boarders to keep the these MUDERS AND KILLERS OUT of our country. Any of those who are caught in the country should be hang out to dry.

    March 30, 2010 at 6:56 am | Report abuse |