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. BiggusDiccus

    She's beautiful. If I were not married and she were not married, I'd offer her asylum in my home.

    March 4, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  2. mastropuppet

    i agree with sending troops to anialate drug cartels. but to kill all that are in it. not just the kingpins. but american drugdealers and addicts always find a way to keep smuggling drugs. its an epidemic. just like dumb hormonal american 13 year old girls popping kids. to dropout and make the government budget lower by having to supply.its supply and demand. mexico supplies to americas demand.

    March 4, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chicagonut

    Oh please, most illegals from Mexico aren't fleeing to the U.S. because of death threats. Get real! They are coming here for jobs and benefits of which they have no right to.

    March 4, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • BiggusDiccus

      Who said they were, chicagonut? Are you hearing Palin's voice in your head again.

      March 4, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Smallmansion

    I dont see the nexus between taking a position as a Chief of Police and "easy access", into the United States.

    March 4, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. herrsonic

    nice ... that's one way to try to get into the U.S.
    Next thing you know, everyone crossing the border would be seeking asylum from the violence in Mexico

    March 4, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. BiggusDiccus

    Marisol Valles Garcia is my hero. She should start a fund to help finance her new life in the United States. I'd be happy to help out.

    March 4, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. luis

    my ancestors kicked SPAIN and FRANCE out of there country and ther letting these thugs rule im ashamed to be of mexican decent today we dont run ever.

    March 4, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ¿Qué?

    ...another illeeg....

    March 4, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. 3amigos

    Send in the 3 Amigos ... they'll know what to do with those sons of a motherless goat

    March 4, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. mastropuppet

    THANK YOU AMIGO LUIS. BUT TODAY NINETY PERCENT OF THE WORLD RUNS ON DOPE. GOT IT FROM AMERICA RUNS ON DOPE I MENT DUNKIN. THAT IS WHY MEXICO, COLOMBIA, P.R., D.R., AMERICA...ETC.... HAVE SO MANY PEOPLE DIEING. NOT THE ONLY REASON. BUT ONE OF THE MAIN REASONS.

    March 4, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  11. mastropuppet

    PAM I LOVE THE WAY U THINK. I JUST WISH ALL AMERICANS APRECIATE THE HARDWORKING PEOPLES CONTRIBUTION TO WHICHEVER COUNTRY THEYRE IN.

    March 4, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Sidewinder

    If the woman is seeking asylum here, let her do so. It's obvious she was in grave danger from the moment she took the job no matter how ballsy she appeared to be.
    Let's not go unveiling her whereabouts if we do find out she has sought asylum here.
    Who is tasked to handle Mexico? I spoke to one of my colleagues the other day who attended a funeral of a close friend. The woman who passed needed a simple surgery, but the doctor did not attend to her in time because gang members with guns came into the hospital with a gunshot wound victim demanding the doctor fix their fellow gang member. What a senseless crock of lawless crap.

    March 4, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jeffision

    She saw an opportunity to get out of Mexico by taking the job. Good for her...if I was her, with a child, I'd have done the same. She gambled and it looks like she won.

    March 4, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mike

    Todos los mexicanos valen verga, hijos de la gran puta madre que los pario

    March 4, 2011 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. betty

    in response to the intelligent "BoB"....they named a city after a dog? really? do some research. And for every american who complains about illegal this illegal that....everyone not american indian has came over here by boat and other means. So quit with lets send all mexicans back ....we all came here for a better life for us and our familys. dont put her down for being a women. i dare any one of you americans to even set foot in the heart of all the violence and see just how far the cartels will push you.

    March 4, 2011 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
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