Horrendous crime of minibus drivers
Enrique Estevez de Leon, one of the prosecutors investigating the case, says that the authorities suspect that the crimes were committed by a gang that stole the vehicles for resale in Haiti. According to Estevez, the gang had connections there.
As reported in El Dia, the criminal gang has killed at least four bus drivers in eight months. They would hire the drivers and then throw them into the cave pit in Juan Dolio while still alive. The men were found gagged with adhesive tape.
The first driver to be murdered was Vidal Dionisio Berroa Manzueta, whose body was found on 17 September 2015 gagged and with signs of violence in the waters of the Higuamo River in San Pedro de Macoris. Hugo Zorrilla Alfonseca, said to be one of the gang leaders, was arrested for this crime. He is the son of a Police colonel. At the time he was given preventive custody, but was later freed.
El Dia reported that the next victim was driver Jary Wilson Rodriguez, who this time was thrown into the cave pit near Los Conucos in Juan Dolio. Zorrilla Alfonseca and several others are again suspected of this crime that took place on 20 April 2016. This victim, who was from Sabana de la Mar, was a member of the Union Nacional de Transportistas Unificados y Afines (Unatrafin).
Ten days later, on 1 May 2015, bus driver David Polanco was reported missing. His body was found in the same cave pit. Polanco was affiliated to Fenatrano.
Next to disappear was German Arredondo, whose body was also found buried in the same cave pit in Juan Dolio with the two other drivers. Their minibuses have not been located.
The investigations led the authorities to re-arrest Hugo Zorrilla Alfonseca and Radhames Antonio Rodriguez who then led the authorities to find the bodies. Another suspect is Divanis Adames Lorenzo, and an unnamed Haitian, identified as Yan, who is accused of acting as the liaison for taking the vehicles to Haiti.
Source: DR1, Eldia
May 26, 2016
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