german caceresformer lieutenant of the Ecuadorian National Police and main suspect in the femicide within the Quito Police SchoolHe was arrested in Colombia on December 30, 2022. He had been on the run since September 13 of last year, two days after the disappearance of his wife, the lawyer Maria Belen Bernalwho entered the police station to see Cáceres on September 11 and whose body was found on a hill 10 minutes from the place.
The femicide of María Belén Bernal shocked Ecuador. And the capture of caceres in colombia reactivated monitoring of the case, in which elizabeth otavaloBernal’s mother has asked that justice be done and, now, that Cáceres be kept alive so that she can reveal what happened in the early morning of September 11. According to witnesses, the couple had a fight and cries for help were heard in Cuarto de Cáceres: they were calls for help from Bernal, who was also the mother of a 13-year-old boy.
On the morning of this Friday, January 6, the Ecuadorian Police revealed the Chronology of the escape from Cáceres and how the inter-institutional work was carried out. According to the information you accessed infobae, At least 27 police and immigration entities from Ecuador, Colombia, Panama and the United States participated in the investigations which led to the capture of the former officer.
Police information ensures that the operational deployment for the detention of Cáceres for 18 days involved 2,234 kilometers of displacement, equivalent to 150 hours of travel by vehicle, through 15 cities. In addition, there were 10 calls from Ecuador to the number set up by the Police to obtain information on the case and two calls from Spain and Mexico. In addition, 28 interviews were conducted in which the police obtained information that was later verified.
Such were the events that occurred from when Cáceres fled Ecuador on his motorcycle until he was arrested in Colombia, returned to the country and transferred to The rockEcuadorian maximum security prison.
22:40 Germán Cáceres leaves the unit of the Quito Prosecutor’s Office.
01:40 Cross the San Roque tollbooth in the province of Imbabura, 97 kilometers north of Quito.
02:22 Cross the Ambuqui toll booth, 159 kilometers from Quito.
02:55 It crosses the San Gabriel Toll, 202 kilometers from Quito and 46 kilometers from Ipiales, in Colombia.
03:20 Entrance to Tulcán, a border city in the north of Ecuador, where the Rumichaca Bridge is located, which connects Ecuador with Colombia.
03:32 Arrival at Rumichaca Bridge.
04:40 Cross the El Placer toll booth, in the department of Nariño in Colombia.
10:21 In Pereira, try to buy the Compulsory Traffic Accident Insurance (SOAT) that every owner of a vehicle, including motorcycles, must have and keep up to date. But he didn’t get it because he didn’t have license plates on his motorcycle.
11:42 Cáceres arrives by taxi at the Rapi Tienda SOAT, on Calle 21 and Carrera 14. According to the Police. Cáceres tried to pay with dollars, but that currency was not accepted. He then he made a card transfer, but it didn’t work. He finally paid 700,000 Colombian pesos in cash. He had a cell phone.
17:12 Germán Cáceres is captured by surveillance cameras as he enters the west tunnel of the Medellín-Santa Fe de Antioquia highway. He had no suitcases and was alone.
20:13 Cross the highway to Turbo – Antioquia.
11:00 pm He stops his trip and sleeps in the town of Chigorodó, a municipality of Colombia, in the Urabá subregion, in the department of Antioquia.
September 16, 2022
According to the Ecuadorian Police, as of this date, Cáceres would have spent a week in the town of Barbosa, in the extreme south of the department of Santander in Colombia, 1,385 kilometers from Quito.
September 23, 2022
12:55 Cáceres leaves Barbosa for Apartadó, in northern Colombia.
18:15 A call made to the telephone that Cáceres carried from the Municipality of Necoclí was recorded.
September 29, 2022
The Ecuadorian authorities met with the Colombian Police and some police units of that country.
October 2, 2022
The Search Block in charge of the case carried out field work in various territories of Colombia.
October 21, 2022
06:45 Investigative personnel in Panama and Colombia were relieved.
November 19, 2022
A geolocation was carried out in La Guajira – Palomino, according to telephone records.
November 29, 2022
14:29 The National Intervention and Rescue Unit of the Ecuadorian Police recruits a human source and manages to obtain essential information for the development of the investigation. It takes place in Barbosa, Colombia.
November 30, 2022
14:53 The Ecuadorian Police Search Block arrives in the city of Medellín.
December 1, 2022
14:29 The Ecuadorian Police obtained relevant information: telephone numbers and locations.
18:30 Ecuadorian police authorities contact the human source in Medellín along with personnel from the Colombian Technical Investigation Corps, Interpol’s Fugitive Investigation Unit (FIU) and the United States Marshals Service.
December 6, 2022
A work meeting is held with the United States Marshals Service (US Marshal).
December 7, 2022
The Ecuadorian Police sends requests to the Fugitive Investigation Unit (UIF) of Interpol’s Fugitive Investigation Unit (UIF) and to the Colombian Technical Investigation Corps (CTI).
December 8, 2022
Coordination with approved police officers in the region continues.
December 16, 2022
A meeting is held with the Prosecutor’s Office of Ecuador and Colombia, with the FIU and CTI.
December 29, 2022
The international entities verified the information requested by the Search Block.
December 30, 2022
11:00 AM Search teams travel to Santa Marta, Colombia.
19:00 Germán Cáceres is arrested in coordination with the CTI and the Colombian Army.
December 31, 2022
A meeting was held in Colombia with the Foreign Ministry, the Prosecutor’s Office and the Colombian Police Attaché.
18:51 Cáceres was transferred to the bunker of the Colombian Prosecutor’s Office.
January 2, 2023
Inter-institutional coordination begins for the transfer from Cáceres to Ecuador.
January 3, 2023
Meeting is held between the Ecuadorian Police, CTI, Embassy of Ecuador, for the transfer of the detainee.
15:30 Cáceres was expelled from Colombia to Ecuador. The return took place on a Colombian police plane.
17:00 In Ecuador, the arrest warrant was issued against Cáceres for the alleged crime of feminicide.
19:25 Departure from the Quito airport towards Guayaquil to be admitted to the maximum security prison.
9:00 p.m. Cáceres enters La Roca where he remains imprisoned.
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