Heavily Armed Man Arrested Over Possible Links To Mexico Ambush Massacre
Mexican authorities announced on Wednesday that a heavily-armed man arrested close to where a deadly ambush of nine Americans took place was not connected to the case.
The state prosecutor's office in Sonora state, in northern Mexico, said earlier that the suspect's link to the grisly crime was "being analysed."
Sources have told CBS News the victims may have been targeted by a drug cartel. Some of the survivors remained hospitalised Wednesday morning with gunshot wounds.
Three women and six children were killed, including eight-month-old twins. They all belonged to a break-away group once associated with the Mormon Church.
The Sonora prosecutor's office said the person arrested was found in a vehicle with two other people who were bound and gagged. Those unidentified individuals were rescued, and four assault-style weapons, spent magazines and high-calibre ammunition, were seized.
Two vehicles were seized separately, including one said to have been armored.
Alfonso Durazo, a public security official, said preliminary information indicates that the suspect has no ties to the murder.
Mexican officials said the family might have been mistakenly caught in a battle between two rival gangs, a theory also put forth by President Donald Trump in a tweet early Tuesday. But CBS News sources said the leading scenario is that the extended family was deliberately targeted.
Lending credibility to that theory is the fact that the ambush was drawn out over time, and miles, and continued after witnesses say one woman identified herself to the gunmen.
Taylor Langford is the nephew of one of the women killed in the brazen ambush. He and other family members also wonder if the attack was intentional.
"Three vehicles with women and children in broad daylight. There was no mistaken identity," he told CBS News on Tuesday.
"I felt this was in broad daylight and ... no one could have done that not knowing what they were doing."