Mexican authorities deny reports that border state's female police chief fled
Marisol Valles Garcia made headlines last year when she became police chief of one of Mexico's most violent municipalities.
March 4th, 2011
04:36 PM ET

Mexican authorities deny reports that border state's female police chief fled

[Updated at 4:03 p.m. ET] A spokesman for the attorney general of Chihuahua State denied reports Friday that Marisol Valles Garcia - the 20-year-old woman who made headlines when she became the police chief of Praxedis, Mexico - has left the country for the United States.

Spokesman Arturo Sandoval was referring to comments in El Diario newspaper attributed to Jorge Gonzalez Nicolas, the attorney general for the northern district of Chihuahua.

"He did not give a press conference," Sandoval told CNN. "We negate reports that Nicolas said she fled to the United States."

[Posted at 2:51 p.m. ET] Marisol Valles Garcia, the 20-year-old woman who made headlines when she became the sheriff of Praxedis, Mexico, has left the country for the United States, the attorney general of Chihuahua State told reporters Friday.

Valles Garcia, a criminology student, was the only person who accepted the job of police chief in the city whose police officers had been abducted and killed.

She is reportedly seeking asylum in the United States after receiving death threats, CNN affiliate KVIA said, citing Mexican media reports.

Valles Garcia accepted the job in October. At the time, she said she was tired of everyone being afraid.

She recruited three other women to join the unarmed, 13-member force in the small municipality of 8,500 people, the government-run Notimex news agency reported. She said the force would employ non-violent tactics with the goals of winning back security in public spaces and fostering greater cooperation among neighbors so they can form watch committees.

"The weapons we have are principles and values, which are the best weapons for prevention," she told CNN en Español. "Our work will be pure prevention. We are not going to be doing anything else other than prevention."

- CNN's Arthur Brice and Nick Valencia contributed to this report.

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  1. Michael B

    So much for peaceful tactics. Now someone needs to round them suckers up, and put em where the belong before they can bring more of that to this country. Nuff said

    March 4, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jess

    She's a retard. No weapons to fight crime specially in Mexico. I think she had this planned. Free ticket to USA, now she gonna poop so babies so we Americans can support her. Why USA why not Europe? Those pest are in this county too, we just don't know who they are.

    March 4, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ned

      Same way your sorry carcass became a citizen. Tell your dad hi for me, if you ever find out who he is.

      March 4, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. el Rey del foreplay

    20 year old student, with no experience, no guns and goes and hires 3 other women. And tries to impose a prevention tactic to their crime problem... I guess stupid liberal hippies are on both sides of the border! Don't seek asylum here!

    March 4, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ned

      Riiiiiight. The big fat Fail on Drugs, the failure in Iraq and the ongoing abortion in Afghanistan and the sweet US economy are prime examples of the genius conservative agenda that gave birth to a stillborn like you.

      March 4, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. malechauvenistpig

    I agree she is pretty hot....she is also very naive thinking she can fix the problems with an unarmed police force. This is the kind of woman guys need....hot and naive.

    March 4, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • cynic

      she's hot now, but in 5 years she will shrink to 4' tall and just as wide; pushing a triplet baby wagon.

      March 4, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. lynched

    I give this girl credit. She stepped forward when no one else did.she put her life in danger to try and make a difference. I've been to Mexico many times over the years. The country is beautiful and the people are awesome.

    March 4, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. malificent

    maybe she had a meeting somewhere in the U.S. to discuss the matters of Mexico's breakdown. Otherwise, it is crude to leave your people endangered. Hopefully she prays for the good.

    March 4, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ned

      Crude...kind of like having your 'National Guard' in another hemisphere while an entire city washes away in a hurricane?

      March 4, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • justme

      @ned
      Maybe you didn't realize, but this city you refer to if shaped like a bowl in a flood zone/marsh in the middle of hurricane alley. Those people were given plenty of warning to get out. And were told if the didn't

      March 6, 2011 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
    • justme

      Leave that it could be days before anyone got to them. So I don't see your point

      March 6, 2011 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  7. Bryan

    I admire her brave- or stupid- attempt at trying to diffuse the drug cartels violence. Of course she should be allowed to seek refuge here. I would rather have her as a neighbor than most of the chickens-I mean citizens- that live here in the U.S. The only way to stop the drug cartels is to stop their cash flow; by making drugs as legal and highly taxed as alcohol.

    March 4, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jimmy

    Keep using drugs America!

    March 4, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dicky

    Dear Mexican Police lady,
    Could you bring me an 8-ball? See, I'm an American, and I have a huge drug problem, and I like to blame that problem on other countries, and an 8-ball of blow would help me get back to my job in congress where I can take money from a contractor who will launch a helicopter to chase the guy who is bringing the coke, which will drive up the price meaning you will charge me more for the 8-ball, i will demand more for the bribe, the contractor will have to buy a better helicopter and we will all be happy.

    March 4, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Alex Che

    She's smart. Doesn't anybody think she planned this?

    March 4, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dicky

      She was going to marry a fat, pathetic American, but decided that ANYTHING was better than that.

      March 4, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • pam

      How could anyone think this girl actually planned this?! Seriously, all the racist people need to wake up and realize that not everyone in mex is scheming away plans to get into this country. Not every mexican little girl dreams of getting pregnant, risking their lives to sneak into this country, waiting 21yrs, just to be here legally. You guys are so stupid! America needs to stop being so racist! This girl just wanted to make a difference but was denied the oppurtunity by death threats. The cartels are no joke. Anyone they want dead dies. I dont blame her for quittin

      March 4, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  11. GITS

    Hey, If Major Kusanagi can topple corrupt districts with her small force in section 9, then this lady can.

    March 4, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  12. american boy

    All of you north american idiots that critizide the mexican and the Country itself , what do you do? love the mexican food and on vacation, where do you all go? Mexico of course, so you are nothing but a low life two face Mf.

    March 4, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Duane

    We are winning the war on drugs...Billions and billions of dollars spent, and we are clearly seeing the fruit of all those resources!

    March 4, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. john la rue

    The crime starts in the US. The guns for these rampant killings come from us and move south to Mexico. How many innocent people have to die before we stop the supply. Gun laws in Mexico are so strict that vertually all of the killing weapons are smuggled in. Stop the flow

    March 4, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • NPhxAz

      Calderone can close the border too now can't he? See- it looks like NOBODY is serious about stopping anything. Catch my drift dope head?

      March 4, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Bemused

    To all those who complain about the toilet that Mexico has become, and laugh at this Lady, remember she at least had the guts to make her voice heard, knowing she was making herself a very real target. It's highly unlikely this was the first, or second, or hundredth time her life was threatened. She probably just had enough sacrifice in the name of people who were taking bets how long she would last before getting killed. She may have been naive but she should be welcomed as a hero.

    March 4, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
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