Cuban National Arrested for Stabbing Incident at Convenience Store in Yucatán, Mexico

Wednesday, June 12, 2024 by Alex Smith

Cuban National Arrested for Stabbing Incident at Convenience Store in Yucatán, Mexico
Oxxo chain store, in the port of Progreso - Image by © Captura de

The Yucatán State Police have detained a Cuban national accused of stabbing an employee of the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) following a dispute at a convenience store in the city of Progreso this Monday.

The violent incident occurred at the entrance of an Oxxo store located at the intersection of streets 19 and 20 in Progreso. The Cuban, whose name has not been disclosed, allegedly engaged in an altercation with the CFE worker, identified as Mario B. P., aged 52.

According to police reports cited by local media, after the argument escalated, the Cuban suspect reportedly pulled out a knife and stabbed Mario in the back, neck, and head before fleeing the scene in a Mazda truck. Paramedics from the Progreso Red Cross arrived promptly to treat the victim, who was bleeding heavily, and subsequently transported him to a hospital. His current condition remains unknown.

During a police operation, officers later apprehended the suspect on the Mérida-Progreso highway. The area was secured by Progreso Municipal Police while personnel from the State Attorney General's Office conducted the necessary investigations.

This incident follows a similar case in April, where Mexican authorities arrested another Cuban, Lázaro Silva, in Mexico City after he allegedly attempted to kill a Venezuelan immigrant named Greison García. Silva was reportedly under the influence of alcohol at the time of the confrontation.

In recent years, hundreds of thousands of immigrants from various regions, including Cuba, have arrived in Mexico with the intention of crossing into the United States. Between October 2023 and April 2024, 144,378 migrants from Cuba reached the U.S., while an undetermined number are still in Mexico awaiting a CBP One appointment to enter the country.

Tragically, numerous stories have emerged about Cubans who lost their lives during their journey through Central American countries or within Mexico itself. Some perished due to natural causes or traffic accidents, while others were victims of homicide.

Key Questions About the Recent Stabbing Incident in Yucatán

In light of the recent violent event in Yucatán, several questions arise regarding the situation and the broader context of Cuban immigration to Mexico and the United States.

What triggered the altercation between the Cuban national and the CFE employee?

The altercation reportedly began as a verbal dispute at the entrance of an Oxxo store in Progreso, Yucatán. Specific details about the argument have not been disclosed.

What is the current condition of the CFE employee who was stabbed?

The CFE employee, identified as Mario B. P., was transported to a hospital by Progreso Red Cross paramedics. His current health status is unknown.

How often do violent incidents involving immigrants occur in Mexico?

While not extremely common, violent incidents involving immigrants do occur in Mexico, highlighting the dangers faced by those traveling through the country.

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