A manhunt is underway in Mexico state and the Federal District for the suspected rapist and killer of eight women after he escaped from jail hours after being arrested, officials said.
Cesar Armando Librado Legorreta was detained on Monday and escaped from a police lock-up a few hours later, the Federal District Attorney’s Office said.
Officials in Mexico state, which surrounds the Federal District and forms part of the Mexico City metropolitan area, asked authorities in the capital for assistance in recapturing Librado Legorreta, the DA’s office said.
Librado Legorreta escaped from the police station in Tlalnepantla, a city just outside the Federal District, where he was being held.
The suspect, a bus driver, was arrested on Monday for the Oct. 27, 2011, murder of a 17-year-old girl on a downtown Mexico City street.
Librado Legorreta was also charged with seven murders committed in Mexico state, prosecutors said.
The suspect “acted very friendly (with his victims) and offered to take them to their destination even if it was outside his route, raping and later killing them on the microbus once he had them alone,” the DA’s office said.
Librado Legorreta strangled his victims using a wrestling hold, prosecutors said.
The public should provide any information it has about the suspected murderer to authorities, Mexico state Attorney General Alfredo Castillo said.