Second suspect arrested for fires in Valparaíso: it is a Conaf official

Second suspect arrested for fires in Valparaíso: it is a Conaf official
Second suspect arrested for fires in Valparaíso: it is a Conaf official

After this day the arrest of a Firefighter volunteer became known for his alleged responsibility in the fires that affected the Valparaíso Region in February and left 137 fatalities and 16,000 injured, this afternoon it was learned that there is a second detainee for the case.

From the Public Ministry they indicated that it is a official of the National Forestry Corporation (Conaf).

The subject thus joins Francisco Ignacio Mondaca Mella, the 22-year-old volunteer from the 13th Valparaíso George Mustakis Dragonas Fire Company who was arrested this day by the PDI for his connection to the case.

Both will go to detention control this Saturday.

The first arrest

During this day, the arrest of Francisco Ignacio Mondaca Mella, 22 years old, was announced for his participation in the origin of the fire that began on February 2 in the Valparaíso Region.

The detainee was working as a volunteer 13th Valparaíso Fire Company George Mustakis Dragonas and had been honored by his company a few weeks ago for completing 12 months as an active firefighter.

Mondaca was arrested during the afternoon at the barracks located on Cardenal Samoré Street, in the Placilla de Peñuelas sector of the Port City.

The criminal analysis work of detectives Investigative Brigade of Crimes Against the Environment and Cultural Heritage (Bidema) of the PDI together with the Valparaíso Regional Prosecutor’s Office, it allowed the suspect to be identified and arrested.

This afternoon, the Minister of the Interior, Carolina Toháappreciated the police work that allowed the arrest, and although he indicated that the details of the investigation will be known later, he stressed that “There is compelling evidence, of very varied types, regarding this case and in relation to other elements that could be linked, they are part of the work that continues to be carried out. “This is not a concluded investigation, but it is an investigation that has taken a vital step in these hours.”

For his part, the specialized fire prosecutor of Valparaíso, Osvaldo Ossandóngave details this afternoon of how Mondaca was identified as the alleged author of the fire.

Within the proceedings, The Public Ministry requested “intrusive measures” from the Valparaíso Guarantee Court those who were able to determine the identity of the suspect. Between these, access to cameras, road identification, telephone monitoring and interceptions, With which they finally managed to identify the alleged perpetrator and reconstruct his route, requesting the Court this day for an arrest warrant.

“The man was arrested today and with the discovery of the elements in his home, with which this fire started and the possibility of his participation in other previous fires, which are also part of our investigation, is being investigated. investigation,” said prosecutor Ossandón.

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