The El Paso Times reported from an account provided yesterday by Chihuahua state investigators detailing “a puzzling web of events they say led to the kidnapping and eventual slaying of a U.S. citizen who was employed at the U.S. District Court in El Paso.”
- The investigators said kidnappers originally wanted a $10,000 ransom for the victim, but when his captors realized that he had identified a woman with whom he had held a five-year relationship, their plan changed violently.
Authorities found the victim’s body in an abandoned house in Ciudad Juárez the day after he was kidnapped.
Chihuahua state authorities began investigating the incident as a homicide earlier this month, and on Wednesday they arrested three people in connection with the kidnapping and slaying.
While the account did not include the name of the man killed recently in Juárez, El Paso officials believe he was 57-year-old Jorge L. Dieppa, a Spanish-English “court interpreter for more than seven years and a part-time lecturer at University of Texas at El Paso’s department of language and linguistics.” Dieppa was also a sword instructor at Hsin Lu Tao Academy of Martial Arts.
A spokesman with the Chihuahua state prosecutor’s office said “he was not authorized to release the victim’s name or say whether the victim was Dieppa. FBI officials could not confirm whether Dieppa was the victim but said an investigation was taking place.”
Also, the U.S. Consulate in Juárez “could not confirm either that the kidnapping victim was a U.S. citizen or that he had died.”
The Times continues:
- According to the state prosecutor’s office, the three suspects were wanted in connection with a man’s kidnapping on July 5.
The suspects allegedly decided to kill the man because he recognized Rodríguez Alanis, with whom he’d had a five-year relationship, the news release said. It said the victim had met Rodríguez Alanis at a bar where she worked as a dancer.
On July 6, authorities found the victim’s body at an abandoned house in Juárez. The body had multiple cuts on the neck, his face was covered with gray tape and his arms and legs were tied with electric wire and a belt, the release said.
Tom Hilburger, divisional office manager at U.S. District Court in El Paso, could not confirm that the recent killing of Dieppa in Juárez was related to Tuesday’s arrest of the alleged kidnappers.
However, he said Dieppa, a Spanish-English interpreter, last showed up for work on July 5.
Dieppa’s University of Texas at El Paso bio says he was “one of EPITA’s continuing education coordinators.”
A Certified Federal Court Interpreter and a translator, and a conference and court interpreter for over 30 years in El Paso Federal Courts, Dieppa had also served since 1989 as a Lecturer in UTEP’s Department of Languages & Linguistics. He had also trained interpreters in Ohio, Virginia, California, Arizona, and Washington.
The Times did report that three suspects were in custody — Lisbeth “La Liz” Nayeli Rodríguez Alanis, 22; Víctor Alfonso “El Gordo” Cano Molina, 24; and Antonio Tarango Montes, 60 — and that another suspect is being sought.
One of his neighbors, when questioned about Dieppa’s kidnapping and killing said “she could share no more than what the family was willing to release but said, ‘Whatever it is, it’s being hushed to protect somebody.’”
Don’t expect the Holder Justice Department to make public any time soon another U.S. citizen — and one of its own — kidnapped and killed by criminals from our friendly neighbor to the south.