Police in Puerto Penasco caught two suspected robbers on Sunday afternoon, May 24, following a shootout that left both suspects seriously wounded.
The suspects, identified as Glen Tamayo and Alfredo Romero Haro Chairez, allegedly surprised a pair of brothers traveling on the new Coastal Highway between El Golfo de Santa Clara and Puerto Penasco, forcing them to stop and robbing them of US$4,500 in cash.
The suspects then fled south toward Puerto Penasco in a GMC Yukon SUV. The brothers, whose names have not been released, returned to Santa Clara, where they filed a report with the police. The police promptly notified authorities in Puerto Penasco.
The Puerto Penasco police set up a roadblock on the outskirts of town moments before the alleged robbers arrived. The suspects fired at the police and made a run for it, with the police in hot pursuit. The chase ended when the suspects crashed their vehicle into the wall of a clinic. Still trying to avoid arrest, they again opened fire on the police, who fired back, wounding both Tamayo and Chairez.
The two accused robbers were transferred to a hospital in Hermosillo, where they are reported to be in serious condition.