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February 12, 2001 | Associated Press
An American tourist was fatally shot during a robbery attempt in southern Mexico City, the city attorney general's office said Sunday. Helen Garnes Darnell, 63, of Atlanta was approached Saturday by two people as she and her husband got into a car in San Angel, a popular tourist neighborhood known for its Saturday market of original paintings and arts and crafts. The two bandits demanded that Darnell turn over her money and belongings, but she resisted and was shot in the neck, officials said.
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February 12, 2001 | Associated Press
An American tourist was fatally shot during a robbery attempt in southern Mexico City, the city attorney general's office said Sunday. Helen Garnes Darnell, 63, of Atlanta was approached Saturday by two people as she and her husband got into a car in San Angel, a popular tourist neighborhood known for its Saturday market of original paintings and arts and crafts. The two bandits demanded that Darnell turn over her money and belongings, but she resisted and was shot in the neck, officials said.
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November 13, 1988 | JIM CARLTON, Times Staff Writer
Mexican authorities said Saturday that they have arrested four men in connection with the shooting death last week of a Newport Beach businessman vacationing in Baja California. Claude Falkenstein, 58, founder and president of Mass Media Marketing Inc., was killed in his seafront cottage halfway between Rosarito Beach and Ensenada, the latest victim in a string of robbery attacks against American tourists there, Mexican state police said.
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October 19, 1999 | From Associated Press
With help slow in arriving to thousands of people cut off by flooding, desperate residents of one village in Hidalgo state stole aid that was intended for other communities, local officials said Monday. The theft occurred Sunday, the same day that President Ernesto Zedillo declared that the "critical phase of the emergency" had ended in the central state and that officials could move on to the next steps of rebuilding.
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June 2, 1999 | Times Wire Services
Brandishing a grenade and firing assault rifles into the night air, half a dozen hooded pirates attacked a ferry returning from the Caribbean resort isle of Cozumel. They robbed passengers of money and valuables, threw two security guards overboard and beat a crew member Monday night before speeding off in another boat, local officials said. The official news agency Notimex said the pirates made off with bags of money from an armored car that was on board.
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June 30, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Six armed men held up a military vehicle near the presidential residence, making off with the presidential guard payroll. Two officers were killed and one was wounded in a shootout, authorities said. City police said the holdup occurred about a block from the presidential residence of Los Pinos.
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March 24, 1987 | Associated Press
Police arrested a mother and daughter who headed a ring that hijacked merchandise trucks, the newspaper El Universal reported Monday. Martha Alcantara de Vergara, 43, and her daughter Lourdes, 24, were arrested Saturday when police, acting on a tip, surprised gang members unloading a hijacked truck full of soft drinks at a warehouse, the newspaper said. When asked by police why she turned to robbery, the mother said she couldn't find a job because of Mexico's economic crisis, it added.
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October 19, 1999 | From Associated Press
With help slow in arriving to thousands of people cut off by flooding, desperate residents of one village in Hidalgo state stole aid that was intended for other communities, local officials said Monday. The theft occurred Sunday, the same day that President Ernesto Zedillo declared that the "critical phase of the emergency" had ended in the central state and that officials could move on to the next steps of rebuilding.
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August 15, 1996 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When two cars packed with armed men blocked the businessman's Gran Marquis and pulled him from the driver's seat outside a luxurious suburban mall here, it was the victim's expression that was so terrifying: A gun to his head and armed men on each elbow, his face, witnesses said, twisted in a grimace of powerlessness, fear and a fight to keep his dignity. Then, in just 30 seconds, the victim was gone--racing away in the kidnappers' car.
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May 28, 1990 | Reuters
A migrant Mexican worker, cashing in five lottery tickets he had forgotten about for a year, won a $182,000 grand prize but almost had it snatched from under his nose, Mexico City's attorney general's office said. Lazaro Gonzalez Rojas, 53, a poorly paid cook's assistant in Mexico City, found the ticket stubs on May 11 after they had been buried for over a year in luggage, the attorney general's office said.
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September 13, 1999 | MARY BETH SHERIDAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nestor Castellanos eased his 18-wheeler onto the freeway, carefully checking the rearview mirror. Tailing him was a black minivan with two pistol-packing guards. In the seat behind Castellanos perched a former riot police officer, tear gas at the ready. "We've got dangerous cargo," warned the driver.
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June 30, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Six armed men held up a military vehicle near the presidential residence, making off with the presidential guard payroll. Two officers were killed and one was wounded in a shootout, authorities said. City police said the holdup occurred about a block from the presidential residence of Los Pinos.
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June 2, 1999 | Times Wire Services
Brandishing a grenade and firing assault rifles into the night air, half a dozen hooded pirates attacked a ferry returning from the Caribbean resort isle of Cozumel. They robbed passengers of money and valuables, threw two security guards overboard and beat a crew member Monday night before speeding off in another boat, local officials said. The official news agency Notimex said the pirates made off with bags of money from an armored car that was on board.
NEWS
November 12, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
A Swiss tourist was killed when he attempted to videotape a train robbery in the state of Chihuahua, police said. Ernest Schmidt, 68, was shot three times in the chest and head by gunmen who also injured three other foreign tourists, identified as Louise Wintworth of Australia, Rodolfo Lagazzi of Italy and Michael Rosarth of Germany. The robbery took place Tuesday on the Chihuahua-Pacific Railway, a popular attraction that runs through the spectacular Copper Canyon.
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August 15, 1996 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When two cars packed with armed men blocked the businessman's Gran Marquis and pulled him from the driver's seat outside a luxurious suburban mall here, it was the victim's expression that was so terrifying: A gun to his head and armed men on each elbow, his face, witnesses said, twisted in a grimace of powerlessness, fear and a fight to keep his dignity. Then, in just 30 seconds, the victim was gone--racing away in the kidnappers' car.
NEWS
February 24, 1996
Police on Friday arrested a 24-year-old man in the robbery and slaying of a renowned geophysicist who was killed while on a visit. Paul Bradford Cain, 24, was arrested in Cabo San Lucas in Baja California and brought to San Diego, where he is in jail awaiting arraignment. Stanley Keith Runcorn, 73, a professor at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks, was found dead in a downtown hotel room Dec. 5.
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November 12, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
A Swiss tourist was killed when he attempted to videotape a train robbery in the state of Chihuahua, police said. Ernest Schmidt, 68, was shot three times in the chest and head by gunmen who also injured three other foreign tourists, identified as Louise Wintworth of Australia, Rodolfo Lagazzi of Italy and Michael Rosarth of Germany. The robbery took place Tuesday on the Chihuahua-Pacific Railway, a popular attraction that runs through the spectacular Copper Canyon.
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September 13, 1999 | MARY BETH SHERIDAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nestor Castellanos eased his 18-wheeler onto the freeway, carefully checking the rearview mirror. Tailing him was a black minivan with two pistol-packing guards. In the seat behind Castellanos perched a former riot police officer, tear gas at the ready. "We've got dangerous cargo," warned the driver.
NEWS
May 28, 1990 | Reuters
A migrant Mexican worker, cashing in five lottery tickets he had forgotten about for a year, won a $182,000 grand prize but almost had it snatched from under his nose, Mexico City's attorney general's office said. Lazaro Gonzalez Rojas, 53, a poorly paid cook's assistant in Mexico City, found the ticket stubs on May 11 after they had been buried for over a year in luggage, the attorney general's office said.
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January 27, 1990 | MARY LOU FULTON and MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Mexican police announced this week that they have solved the bizarre mystery of who killed the flamboyant Claude L. Falkenstien. They say two robbers confessed to shooting the Newport Beach businessman while his girlfriend crouched in the kitchen of his Baja California seaside home. Until now, Mexican police had suspected that Falkenstien's girlfriend, Patricia Engels, was somehow involved in the shooting on the night of Nov. 6, 1988.
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