Puerto Rico arrests leader of gang in killing of prosecutor

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Authorities in Puerto Rico say the alleged head of an auto theft gang has been arrested in connection with last month’s killing of a prosecutor.

Corrections Secretary Einar Ramos Lopez says 33-year-old James O. “Pilin” Santana Gonzalez was arrested Friday night in a San Juan neighborhood after authorities received a confidential tip.

The suspect had escaped from custody last year and was subsequently sentenced to 165 years imprisonment for murder.

Police last month arrested three members of the same gang in the slaying of 42-year-old San Juan prosecutor Francelis Ortiz. The men allegedly followed her home after spotting her at an intersection and shot her several times including in the face. She was married and had a 5-year-old daughter.

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