(CNN Spanish) — Riobamba Mayor Jhon Vinueza told CNN on Tuesday that Fabricio Colón Pico, also known as “Capitán Pico” ”, the alleged leader of the Los Lobos gang, has escaped from Riobamba prison.
Days earlier, Ecuadorian prosecutor Diana Salazar publicly identified the man as part of an alleged plot to attack his life and that of his family. Colón Pico was arrested on Friday during an operation in Quito.
Vinuesa said that along with Colombico, 38 other prisoners escaped, 12 of whom have been captured.
CNN has not yet received a response from Colon-Pico’s legal representatives.
Regarding the escape of Colón Pico and Adolfo Macías (alias “Fito”) and Los Choneros gang leaders from Guayaquil prison, communication Minister Roberto Izurieta told local media on Tuesday that they had escaped from two Ecuadorian prisons because they no longer considered them safe places to commit crimes.
“With all the power of the country and the political decision of the country, I believe these two fugitives will be found. These two fugitives are on the run because the safe place where they are is no longer safe,” Izurieta said. “
He added that the prison system cannot continue to be a venue for organized crime.
Colon-Pico’s escape comes amid tensions and other violence in the country’s prisons, with President Daniel Noboa declaring a state of emergency on Monday due to “serious internal unrest”.
The Prosecutor’s Office confirmed that Colón Picco was arrested on Friday, January 5, in Quito and served with a preventive detention order, where he is serving a sentence in Riobamba City Prison for his alleged involvement in kidnapping.
According to police, the man faces approximately 21 indictments for various offences, including: organized crime, unlawful association, possession of an unauthorized firearm, robbery, qualified robbery, organizing or financing the production and trafficking of a controlled substance, and intimidation. and arms trafficking.