Ángel Eduardo Lozano Azuaje, alias ‘Cachete,’ is currently being held in Unit 28 of the Federal Penitentiary
Service (SPF) at the Palacio de Tribunales. He was due
to appear before Judge Yamile Bernan and Prosecutor
Ana Yacobucci, the judicial officials in charge of the
case, at press time.
Lozano Azuaje, 21, and three other alleged accomplices were transferred from the provinces of Salta and
Jujuy by a delegation of the Buenos Aires City Police.
Two detainees were identified as Luis José Lozano
León, 35, and Carlos José Manzo Tortolero, 30. Another,
Aly José Ramos Ladera, age unknown, was arrested in
Jujuy. In total, nine people have been arrested to date,
with the authorities announcing another arrest in Quilmes on Thursday.
Investigators believe Lozano Azuaje, a Venezuelan
national, fired the gun that killed British tourist Matthew
Gibbard last Saturday.
The 50-year-old was killed after a struggle with thieves
at the door of the five-star Faena Art Hotel in Puerto
Madero, after a bullet entered his armpit, continuing
onto his chest and piercing a lung.
Gibbard’s stepson, 28-year-old Stephan Joshua Zone,
was shot in the leg but survived after undergoing an
emergency operation at the City’s Argerich Hospital.
The suspects were arrested by the National Gendarmerie (Border Guard) last Monday while they were
travelling by bus from Salta and Jujuy toward Argentina’s
border with Bolivia, where they intended to escape the
The suspects will be investigated on charges they
formed “an illicit association” that targeted and attacked
tourists, after identifying them and following them from
Ezeiza International Airport.
Officials believe the gang was, for the most part, led
by Venezuelans, with Argentines providing logistical
support, including motorbikes and cars.