911 Call Reporting a Corpse Turns Out To Be a Prank
By Jesús Aguado
On November 6, police responded to a 911 call about a corpse wrapped in a bag and abandoned on calle Lupita in the Estación neighborhood. The supposed corpse turned out to be mannequin parts. The 911 call appears to have been a macabre prank making reference to recent high-profile murders in the city involving a severed head left on a bridge and a murdered victim found wrapped in a blanket.
The municipal government’s communications department told the media that day that police had arrested those responsible, but later revised that information in an official release, claiming instead that teenagers were possibly responsible for the prank and that they were talking to local teens who claimed to know the identity of the perpetrators. However, when Atención requested follow-up information on this case on November 8, a communications department official said, “They [the teenagers] did not say anything. We will talk to the authorities of their school since they are underage.”
This case sparked criticism on local social media, with Sanmiguelenses saying online that authorities only take action when it involves a mannequin, not real murders.
Man commits suicide while in protective custody
In the early hours of November 8, Mauricio “N” was arrested at calle 28 de Abril and taken to jail. Two hours later he was dead, possibly by his own hand.
According to official information, police took the man into custody after his mother and brother accused him of assault and officers responding to the scene observed that Mauricio was intoxicated. The mother and brother were taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries, said officials.
According to authorities, the man was formally placed into the protective custody of local police at 3:30am. At 5:55am, other persons in custody in the same area called for help and told authorities that the man had hung himself on the cell bars with his own shirt. Authorities notified the Cruz Roja. The man was determined to have no vital signs.
The administration has turned the investigation of the case over to the District Attorney’s Office.