Coco arrests made in advance of sweep

Judicial agents have detained two persons who are suspected of being members of a mob that killed an Escazú man in Playas del Coco a week ago. Three more persons are being sought.

Once again in the wake of the highly publicized crime, the Fuerza Pública flooded the Pacific coast community with police officers. This is a repetition of what has happened in San Ramón, Limón and even Pérez Zeledón after crimes that made the local television.

The two men who were detained Friday morning, brothers with the last name of  García Canales, will face murder charges. They were believed to have been identified from surveillance cameras near the site of the early morning killing.

After a dispute with a pirate taxi driver, the victim, Alejo Leiva Lachner, 21, was set upon by a mob of about 20 persons, investigators said at the time. He suffered a stab wound.

Led by a vice minister, a handful of Ministerio de Seguridad agencies swept Playas del Coco and handed out tickets for a multitude of violations. They found gambling machines, marijuana and other illegal substances. Traffic police assisted by removing the plates for 18 vehicles and confiscating two of them.

The also checked the business licenses on bars and closed one, they said.

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