Once was Public Enemy No. 1, Alfredo Ríos Galeana, the legendary prison escape artist, dies at 69

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Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat   Reforma

Once known as “Public Enemy No. 1” dies in free Social Security clinic–
During the years he was on the lam in California, Ríos Galeana lived in the house of a Christian pastor,  who supposedly probably influenced him to become a believer, to such an extent that he recorded a disc with religious themes entitled “Transformed by God.”


Alfredo Ríos Galeana, the legendary assailant of the 70s and 80s, died last December at a social security clinic in the capital of Oaxaca from a blood infection called sepsis, federal sources reported.
The so-called “public enemy number one”, who escaped three times in prison, died at age 69, after spending the last stage of his imprisonment in the Federal Criminal Court of Miahuatlán de Porfirio Díaz, Oaxaca.
Former military, former agent of the Mexican State Police and former commander of the Radiopatrullas Battalion of that entity, the criminal of 1.96 meters tall was imprisoned for the first time in the Lecumberri Penitentiary in 1973, accused of robbery, although he was acquitted of his charges.
Since the late 1970s, when he resigned from his police badge, he began to become a celebrity for the bank robberies he perpetrated in Puebla, Hidalgo, the State of Mexico and the capital of the country.
In 1983 he was arrested in Hidalgo, but escaped from the State Criminal, and later captured in Mexico City, but also escaped from the Penitentiary of Santa Marta Acatitla.

ANOTHER ESCAPE
On November 22, 1986, Ríos Galeana escaped again, this time from the South Reclusorio. He did so through the grid of practices of Criminal Court 33, shattered by an armed command, and since then the authorities had no trace of his whereabouts.
When he escaped for the third time, he already had in his personal account  353 million pesos and committed 15 murders, as well as several arrest warrants for crimes of homicide, theft, firearm injuries, evasion of inmate and property damage other people’s.
HE IS CAPTURED 19 YEARS LATER


A mistake on his part  returned him behind bars, because on July 12, 2005 he went to renew his driver’s license in Los Angeles, California, but with his fingerprints the United States authorities discovered the true identity of the bank robber.
EXTRADITED TO MEXICO


The United States, where he lived under a false identity for two decades, deported him to Mexico and since then he was imprisoned in the South Prison of the country’s capital, the Federal Highlands Criminal Court and finally in Oaxaca.
The also nicknamed “El Charro del Misterio” [“Charro of Mystery”] spent the last 14 years of his life behind bars.
BANK ROBBER AND SINGER


During the years he was in California, Ríos Galeana lived in the house of a Christian pastor, a character who probably influenced him to become a believer, to such an extent that he recorded a disc with religious themes entitled “Transformed by God.”

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