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The Puerto Rico Police arrested five suspected gunmen on Wednesday, including professional baseball player Lucas Torres Vázquezalias El Pelotero, who were part of a criminal gang linked to several murders.
To the detainees, whose organization operated in the Montellano public housing complex in Cayey (downtown), 27 charges were filed for first degree murder, destruction of evidence and violations of the Weapons Law and the Controlled Substances Laws.
Judge Yarissa Santiago determined the causes for the arrests against the defendants and told them $2.7 million global bondaccording to the police statement.
Torres Vázquez, 19, played for Toritos de Cayey, in the Double A Superior Baseball League, and after his arrest he was suspended by the Puerto Rico Baseball Federation (FBPR).
In addition to the baseball player, the defendants are Carlos Alexis Arroyo Santel, alias Rata, 23 years old; Luis Yadiel León Rodríguez, aka Ika, 20; Joseph Vicente Vázquez, aka Joe Cantera, 26; and John R. Mendez Torres, aka John, 28.
All of them are linked to the shooting murders of Pedro Gabriel Rosa Castro, alias El Piloto, perpetrated in August 2022, and of Benjamín Hernández Pereira, alias Choki, in October of the same year; the deaths were allegedly carried out in exchange for minute amounts of marijuana and cocaine.