September 1, 2014
MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexico City authorities have detained the alleged mastermind behind the kidnapping of 12 young people who were later found dead.
Prosecutors in Mexico City said Thursday in a statement that witnesses told investigators Joel Javier Rodriguez Fuentes planned and participated in the abduction last year.
The group vanished from an after-hours bar a block from the leafy Reforma Avenue. Their bodies were found months later in a clandestine grave in neighboring Mexico state.
The mass kidnapping resonated across the city of 9 million people because many had come to believe it was an oasis from violence elsewhere in the country.
Authorities said the group was targeted as revenge for the killing of a drug dealer in the capital.