Police rescue four alleged thieves from lynch mob

Nov 28, 2017 | 0 comments

National police arrived just in time to save four men accused of assaulting a resident in Cuenca’s Virgen del Milagro neighborhood Sunday night. The four, including a 16-year-old, were beaten by friends and neighbors of the victim.

“If they had come five minutes later, we would have killed at least one of them,” a resident told Radio Tomebamba.

Crowd gathers outside police station following arrest of four men Sunday night. (El Tiempo)

According to police, the man who was assaulted was walking on Av. Ordóñez Lasso near De la Grevilla, when the attack occurred. Two of his neighbors witnessed the attack, summoned neighbors and surrounded and began beating the four men.

The 16-year-old reportedly pulled a pistol and fired into the air but he was quickly subdued by the neighbors who were beating him when police arrived.

The four alleged thieves were arrested and jailed. Police say they confiscated the gun and an ammunition belt.

The practice of lynching — the detaining, beating and sometimes killing of those accused of crimes — by private citizens continues in much of Latin America, although the incidences have dropped in recent years. In 1972, 143 people were killed by lynch mobs in Ecuador, many of them by burning. In 2016, seven were killed.


Expat Community News

Dani News

Google ad

Fund Grace News

Gypsy News

Hogar Esperanza News

Google ad

The Cuenca Dispatch

Week of February 25

Cuenca Finally Gets to Experience Van Gogh Like Never Before.

Read more

Ecuador lost just over a million hectares of forest formations in 38 years.

Read more

Drone Plants 1,500 Trees in 15 Minutes to Combat Deforestation.

Read more


Veronica Arpi News

Subscribe to our newsletter

Cuenca High Life offers on-line publications, local translated news, and reports about the expat life and living in Ecuador. 

You have Successfully Subscribed!