The crime occurred in Pozo Almonte, in the Tarapacá region, located 1,768 kilometers north of Santiago.
Cristián Torresfrom Santiago, Chile
The Chilean authorities arrived at the scene of the events to find the whereabouts of those responsible for this crime. (Image Twitter: @PDI_Tarapaca)
A woman who worked as a worker in a neighborhood market was handcuffed and slit her throat in northern Chile.
The crime occurred in Pozo Almonte, in the Tarapacá region, located 1,768 kilometers north of Santiago. The victim's body was found by the owner of the premises after she failed to show up for work.
His absence caused a search of the interior of the premises and they discovered the woman bound her hands and feet with adhesive tape.
The victim corresponds to a 21-year-old woman of Bolivian nationality who had a deep cut in her throat and in different parts of her body. The local cash register was ransacked and the crime is being investigated preliminary as an alleged robbery with homicide.
Prosecutor Javier Gutiérrez explained that the events occurred on “November 13 at 8:30 p.m., when Carabineros personnel from the second Pozo Almonte Police Station were alerted to go to a commercial premises located at the southern exit of the Pozo commune. Almonte, where they found a deceased 21-year-old woman of Bolivian nationality, who had multiple injuries, this woman was a worker at this commercial location. Specialized investigative work is carried out by the Homicide Brigade of the Investigative Police to clarify this crime.”
The presidential delegate of the province of Tamarugal, Luz González, regretted this case . “We regret this abominable fact, which has no words, having been ruthless against a girl, if they wanted to steal they should have taken the things, the money, but not have tied up or slit the throat of the girl so young.”
Homicides in Chile
At the end of August 2022, it was reported that the Tarapacá region had the highest homicide rate with 6 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. This was much higher than the national average, which was 2.2 per 100,000 inhabitants.
The homicide problem is having an impact at the national level. In October, there was a 33.5% increase in this type of crime in Chile compared to the previous period. From January 1 to October 23, 2022, 753 murders were verified.
The northern regions of Chile such as Arica and Parinacota, as well as Tarapacá, Antofagasta and Atacama concentrate the highest number of cases with 46%.
In At that time, prosecutor Alexis Rograt said that the homicides occur “mainly in the context of alcohol and drug use, previous fights or quarrels. In addition, a problem that did not occur until some time ago and that is becoming more common every day is the increase in violence and the use of conventional and homemade firearms.”
Added to this is the “proliferation of organized crime” that has wreaked havoc in Chile. “These groups, mainly associated with drug trafficking, have territorial disputes associated with the commercialization of their products, and this causes a greater number of attacks between the organizations,” said the head of the South Metropolitan Homicide Brigade of the Investigative Police.