Extortionists targeted in made-for-TV raids

Law enforcement, caught off guard by the murder of a taxi drive by presumed extortionists, launched a counter attack Tuesday.

Swarms of Fuerza Pública tactical squad members descended on low-income  Tejarcillos de Alajuelita complete with dogs and heavy weaponry. That was where taxi driver Randall Hernández, 54, died. He had filed a judicial complaint a week earlier against those who were demanding payments to allow him to work in the area.

The police raids in Alajuelita did not turn up much, but the activity took place just in time for the television news. As usually is the case, crooks seem to have advanced warning of such raids.

The young thugs are active and demanding payoffs from taxi drivers and merchants in that canton and in other districts of the metro area.

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