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Guatemala gangster who made bloody escape dies after siege

October 4, 2018

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Guatemalan gang leader who was freed from custody in a bloody hospital attack last year died Thursday of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound after being located and surrounded by police in the Central American nation’s capital.

Police spokesman Pablo Castillo confirmed the death of Anderson Daniel Cabrera, alias “Little Boy,” after agents acting on intelligence laid siege to a home where he was around midnight.

Castillo said Cabrera became aware of the police presence hours later, fired at officers and asked for his partner and 8-year-old son to be allowed to exit.

“When they left ... a shot was heard (and) on entering we saw his body,” Castillo said.

He said that Cabrera’s partner recounted “Little Boy” telling her he would rather die than return to prison.

Cabrera was a leader of the feared Mara Salvatrucha gang, or MS-13. He had been sentenced to 162 years in prison for murder, murder conspiracy and extortion, and was facing further prosecution on other charges.

On the day of the attack that freed him, he had been brought from prison to the Roosevelt Hospital in central Guatemala City for a medical exam, on the orders of a judge.

Gunmen stormed the facility and began shooting, killing seven people including police, patients and bystanders on the street outside. Twelve more were wounded, including a child who underwent emergency surgery.

The incident shocked Guatemalans, prompted criticism of the penitentiary system and led to changes in medical treatment for high-risk inmates. It also resulted in reinforced security at hospitals, which in some cases meant the presence of military units.

Guatemalan authorities had offered a reward of nearly $20,000 for information leading to Cabrera’s capture.

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