ACAPULCO Feb 13 Mexico has arrested six men who
confessed to the rape of six female Spanish tourists in
Acapulco, a crime that drew global attention to the popular
"We have six detainees who have confessed, totally
confessed," Mexican Attorney General Jesus Murillo said on
Wednesday at a news conference in Acapulco.
Early on Feb. 4, hooded gunmen forced their way into a beach
house the women rented, roughed up their seven male companions
and raped the women.
Murillo said one of the suspects was apprehended on Tuesday,
and the other five were detained overnight. Local officials said
there was physical evidence that implicated the suspects.
Acapulco Mayor Luis Walton set off a media storm when he
downplayed the seriousness of the attack, saying it could have
happened "anywhere in the world," and that it hurt the image of
the city, one of Mexico's most famous tourist destinations.
Acapulco is the biggest city in the state of Guerrero, which
has been increasingly plagued by drug-related violence,
prompting some exasperated residents in small towns to form
"community police" forces.
The violence turned Acapulco into the murder capital of
Mexico last year, with more than 1,000 murders reported by
Mexican media in the city of approximately 800,000 people.
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has vowed to reduce the
violence that soared after his predecessor Felipe Calderon
launched an assault on drug cartels.
Pena Nieto, who launched a program to boost tourism on
Wednesday, pledged to create a new militarized police force and
increase spending on security to cut crime.
"We will keep working to improve public security conditions,
which, without a doubt, is a fundamental and indispensable
condition for the development and promotion of our country,"
Pena Nieto said in the beach resort of Bahia de Banderas in the
state of Nayarit.
(Reporting by Michael O'Boyle and Luis Enrique Martinez;
Editing by Stacey Joyce)