GUADALAJARA, Mexico – Six suspected robbers were left with mutilated hands and one person has died in attacks by the self-proclaimed vigilante “Grupo de Elite antirratas,” or Anti-criminal Elite Group, in Tlaquepaque municipality of the western Mexican state of Jalisco, municipal police reported.
According to the ongoing investigation under Tlaquepaque Police Commander Eduardo Palacios, the victims may have been kidnapped before their mutilation.
One of the victims was found dead next to a sign with a handwritten message that read, “This is what happens to thieves” as a warning for burglars, car and motorcycles thieves, as well as those who attack pedestrians.
The other six victims, including one woman, were found with their hands cut off up to their wrists, presumably with machetes.
In addition to the amputation wounds, which were covered with plastic, various parts of the victims’ bodies were painted with the word “Rat.”
Palacios said that none of the wounded gave more information since they “were in shock” after what had happened.
The assailants left the hands cut off from the seven people in two plastic bags left next to them.
The injured were taken to different hospitals in the metropolitan city of Guadalajara, the capital of Jalisco.