Authorities in El Salvador arrested a fugitive crime boss who had escaped from a Guatemala prison two weeks earlier, with officials from both countries crediting bilateral security cooperation for the recapture of the infamous “La Patrona.”
El Salvador’s National Civil Police (Policía Nacional Civil – PNC) captured Guatemalan national Marixa Ethelinda Lemus Pérez, alias “La Patrona” (roughly translated, “the Boss”), on the morning of May 25 in the northwestern department of Ahuachapán, which sits along the border with Guatemala, reported La Prensa Gráfica. La Patrona had escaped from a military detention center in Guatemala on May 11.
I cannot be in a prison where my life is at risk
A former mayoral candidate in the Guatemalan department of Jutiapa where she had repeated armed battles with rivals, Lemus Pérez was sentenced in March of 2015 to 94 years in prison on charges of murder, kidnapping and running a criminal organization.