Disguised Woman Kills 2 Israeli Men in Mexico City Mall

Police say she lied about the motive
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 26, 2019 12:24 AM CDT
Woman in Wig Shoots 2 Israeli Men in Mexico
Police stand guard as people exit an upscale shopping mall in the south of Mexico City, Wednesday, July 24, 2019, where a woman wearing a blond wig disguise killed two Israeli men.   (AP Photo)

A woman wearing a blond wig disguise fatally shot two Israeli men at a restaurant in an upscale Mexico City shopping mall, and authorities said Thursday they were investigating links to organized crime. Though the woman was quickly arrested and claimed the killings were a crime of passion, prosecutors later discounted that motive and said international "criminal groups" were involved, the AP reports. Authorities said the woman and another man sat down Wednesday at a table near the victims at a restaurant in the Plaza Artz mall. She then rose and shot the two Israelis at close range. She ditched the wig and other parts of her disguise outside the mall and ran, but was quickly caught by police. At least two accomplices shot a police officer outside the mall and then fled in a car.

Ulises Lara, spokesman for the city prosecutor's office, said a total of four suspects were involved in either the killing, logistics, or getaway. The Israeli Embassy identified the victims as Alon Azulay, 41, and Benjamin Yeshurun Sutchi, 44. Both men had criminal records in Mexico and Israel, it said. Customers at the shopping center fled, dove to the floor, or took refuge behind storefronts as the sound of gunshots rang through the complex. Mexico City police chief Jesus Orta said the woman told police Wednesday that "she had a sentimental relationship with one of the victims, who she met on social media, and that the attack was due to infidelity." But on Thursday, Lara said "the supposed motive this person talked about initially doesn't exist." The attack was "an issue of serious coordination, of acts by criminal groups," he said.

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