Hired assassins paid as little as $500 a month are a threat to kill Americans traveling in Mexico. Residents from Wichita Falls are discouraged from traveling to Mexico by the Wichita Falls Chief of Police.
Dennis Bachman, Chief of Police for Wichita Falls, Texas, warned all Americans against traveling overseas in a speech Wednesday.
Bachman said the price for taking a human life has radically decreased in recent years for “hit men” in Mexico.
“Hired assassins used to charge $12,000 to $15,000 per hit a few years ago.”
Reports says a 14-year old boy was recently arrested in Mexico for allegedly being involved in an assassination.
Bachman advised Americans to not take their vacations outside of the United States. Many Wichita Falls residents regularly vacation in Mexico and should consider the new threat to their lives before they do so this year.
“There are people overseas who will kill you just to kill you.”
The Chief estimated approximately 30,000 people have been killed by hired shooters in recent years south of the border.
The national news media has focused its attention on the alleged murder and disappearance of an American citizen who was on Falcon Lake which straddles the Texas-Mexico border. The crime remains unsolved although law enforcement officials are investigating the high profile case. David and Tiffany Hartley were jet-skiing on the Mexican side of the lake when Tiffany said that unknown people on a boat approached them firing shots, several of which struck her husband.
He has not been seen since.
The severed head of the lead investigator on the case was delivered to the Mexican Army in a bag, according to reports.
While the situation has grown more dangerous overseas, it has become safer in Wichita Falls.
He said here at home gang injunctions have done a lot to combat the gang problem.
“The gang situation has improved.”
Gang injunctions in Wichita Falls don’t allow gang members to have either cell phones or to associate with each other in certain designated gang areas.
Wichita Falls prosecutors John Brasher and James Suter worked hard to insure the gang injunctions were approved by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. Suter traveled to Austin where the case was argued before the top justices in the Lone Star State.
Brasher, who has written more than 400 criminal appellate briefs, participated in the writing of the brief.
Chief Bachman said citizens may report crimes to either 9-1-1.
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