A FEMME fatale gangster recognized for seducing cartel rivals has been arrested after a shootout with police.
Carla Díaz Torrealba, 22, is among the most trusted henchmen of a mob boss who controls a big a part of Venezuela’s crime-ridden capital Caracas.
Safety forces searching Carlos Luis “El Koki” Revete had been locked in days of firefights two miles from the presidential palace.
El Koki escaped, however Torrealba – often known as “La Pelúa” and “La Greñuda” – was captured.
The glamorous mum of 1 often shares photographs of herself posing with assault rifles to her 1,400 followers on Instagram.
Police say she is a key confederate of El Koki who acted as a “guardian” or lookout in his armed mob.
Native media claimed she has additionally performed the bait in honeytrap operations to seduce after which kidnap rival mobsters.
She was beforehand detained for theft in 2019, in response to native stories, however it was not clear whether or not she was needed on the time of her arrest this week.
GANGS’ FREE REIGN
El Koki, 43, has evaded seize for no less than a decade regardless of a $500,000 reward provided by authorities.
His energy grew after dictator Nicola Maduro signed a 2017 cope with gang leaders permitting them free reign over sure neighbourhoods in Caracas.
They had been meant to crack down on petty crime – however used the liberty to recruit battalions of teenage “troopers” armed with assault rifles and grenades.
El Koki expanded his territory and gained a status as a warlord, reportedly terrorising rivals whereas throwing lavish events for his pals.
Maduro’s regime has additionally alleged El Koki has hyperlinks to opposition politicians, though analysts reckon that is invented to distract from the federal government’s personal failures.
Final week authorities determined to maneuver towards him, and despatched a whole bunch of particular forces officers into the Cota 905 district.
The following shootout spilled onto a essential motorway within the centre of town, stories say.
At the very least 33 corpses had been later counted within the space, in response to Monitor de Víctimas, a Venezuela impartial journalism initiative.
There have been additionally claims of extrajudicial executions by the police.
El Koki stays at massive after the most recent bloodshed claimed dozens of his associates.
Caracas has one of many highest homicide charges on the earth, and violence is so unhealthy terrified families pray at bizarre gang shrines hoping for protection.
In 2019 the nation was thrown into turmoil with hyperinflation and meals shortages – leaving even gangsters unable to afford bullets.