Mexican cops hunt for gang leader who escaped from prison while awaiting murder trial


Authorities in central Mexico state of Puebla have launched a manhunt for an alleged gang leader who escaped from a prison where he was awaiting trial for the murders of three medical students and their Uber driver last year.

Felipe ‘El Piruli’ Hernández, 36, fled the San Miguel Social Readaptation Center in the municipality of Puebla on Sunday, according to newspaper El Universal.

The Puebla State Attorney General’s Office confirmed the jail break and said at least one person had been arrested in connection with Hernández’s escape.

Investigators said the individual, whose name has been withheld, entered the prison and provided street clothes to the jailed street gang leader.

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The Puebla State Attorney General's Office said Felipe Hernández (pictured) escaped from a prison in Puebla, Mexico, on Sunday. The 36-year-old fugitive had been jailed since November 24, 2020 for his connection to the murders of three aspiring doctors - including two interns from Colombia - and a Uber driver whose bodies were found on a field February 25, 2020

The Puebla State Attorney General’s Office said Felipe Hernández (pictured) escaped from a prison in Puebla, Mexico, on Sunday. The 36-year-old fugitive had been jailed since November 24, 2020 for his connection to the murders of three aspiring doctors – including two interns from Colombia – and a Uber driver whose bodies were found on a field February 25, 2020

Colombian medical student Ximena Quijano, one of of four people killed on February 24, 2020 in Puebla, Mexico. The leader of the gang that murdered them escaped from a prison Sunday

José Antonio Parada, a native of Colombia, had spoken to his mother by phone and told her that he was on his way to a friends home  before he and three other people were assassinated

Colombian medical students Ximena Quijano (left) and Francisco Javier Tirado (right) were two of four people killed on February 24, 2020 in Puebla, Mexico. The leader of the gang that murdered them escaped from a prison Sunday 

Francisco Javier Tirado was one of the three aspiring doctors whose life was cut short February 24, 2020, in Mexico when they were killed moments after attending a local festival

Francisco Javier Tirado was one of the three aspiring doctors whose life was cut short February 24, 2020, in Mexico when they were killed moments after attending a local festival 

Hernández was arrested November 24, 2020, for the murders of Colombian nationals José Antonio Parada, 22, and Ximena Quijano, 25; Mexico native Francisco Javier Tirado, 22 – all who were aspiring doctors – and their Uber driver, José Manuel Vital, 28.

The bodies of the four victims were discovered on a grass field February 24, 2020, just two days after the friends had attended a festival in Santa Ana Xalmimilulco, a neighborhood in the municipality of Huejotzingo.

Area residents made the gruesome discovery and contacted the police.

Quijano’s body was found lying on top of the other two students and Vital’s body was located bearby.

Three suspects identified as Pablo Jesús, 46; Ángel, 23; and Lisset, 22, were apprehended November 25 for their purported roles in the killings.

The lifeless body of Ximena Quijano was found on an empty lot lying on top of one of the other two medical students who along with their Uber driver were executed in the central Mexican state of Puebla on February 24, 2020

The lifeless body of Ximena Quijano was found on an empty lot lying on top of one of the other two medical students who along with their Uber driver were executed in the central Mexican state of Puebla on February 24, 2020

Three suspects (from left to right) identified as Pablo Jesús, 46; Ángel, 23; and Lisset, 22, were apprehended November 25, 2020 for their purported roles in the murders of three aspiring doctors and an Uber driver on February 24

Three suspects (from left to right) identified as Pablo Jesús, 46; Ángel, 23; and Lisset, 22, were apprehended November 25, 2020 for their purported roles in the murders of three aspiring doctors and an Uber driver on February 24

Quijado, Parada, and Tirado were all interns at Cholula General Hospital in the Puebla city of Tlaxcalancingo. 

Quijado and Parada left their homes in Colombia in August 2019 to participate in a foreign exchange program at the Popular Autonomous University of the State of Puebla.

Surveillance images showed the moment the three students placed their belongings in the Vital’s vehicle before they were killed.

Pictured above are two of the three men, who along with a Colombian female medical student, were assassinated in Puebla, Mexico. They were seen getting into an Uber ride the night of February 24, 2020 and found dead the next day

Pictured above are two of the three men, who along with a Colombian female medical student, were assassinated in Puebla, Mexico. They were seen getting into an Uber ride the night of February 24, 2020 and found dead the next day

The future doctors had ordered a ride on the Uber app at 10.15pm local time after leaving the Huejotzingo Carnival.

According to Colombian news magazine Semana, Parada had spoken to his mother, Angélica Cerpa, at 9.31 pm.

‘He told me that he was at a friend’s house and that he was going to take an Uber, they were going to go to Puebla,’ Cerpa said. 

‘I was following his cellphone’s GPS and they never left the sector. I was dialing him, but he didn’t answer.’



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