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4 More Arrested in Mexico Murders

April 2, 1999

MEXICO CITY (AP) _ Prosecutors have arrested four more men in connection with the murders of dozens of women in the border city of Ciudad Juarez, a state official said Thursday.

Police said the arrests were based on information given by another suspect.

The case has left a horrifying trail of bodies since 1993, mystifying both Mexican and U.S. prosecutors and outraging residents of the border city of one million.

Police say about 100 women, mostly teens, have been killed since 1993 in Ciudad Juarez, across the border from El Paso, Texas. The victims were raped or sexually brutalized in 54 of those cases.

The names of the men arrested Thursday were not released, but at least some appear to have been employed as bus drivers _ a position that would have given them opportunity to attack the largely female employees of border assembly plants as they traveled to or from their jobs.

``The belief is that together, they assassinated several young women,″ Fernando Medina, Ciudad Juarez spokesman for the government of northern state of Chihuahua, said in a telephone interview.

The suspects were to be arraigned on charges Medina did not specify late Thursday.

The information was provided by Jesus Manuel Guardado Marquez, who was arrested over the weekend on charges of raping and attempting to murder a 14-year-old girl aboard his bus in June.

He reportedly gave police the names of as many as eight men who may have been involved in the attacks.

Guardado Marquez said in an initial court appearance that he had consensual sex with the 14-year-old and beat her, but did not intend to kill her.

Chihuahua state prosecutors believe that Guardado Marquez _ and possibly the other four men arrested in the case _ may have waited for the last female passenger to remain alone on a bus in order to perpetrate attacks.

The FBI agents, who specialize in psychological profiles, spent a week collecting information and reviewing files in 78 cases.

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