The night of Friday (17th) and early Saturday (18th) were marked by more violence in Rio Grande do Norte. During that dawn, in the north zone of Natal, criminals with guns expelled residents and set fire to three houses in the Igapó neighborhood. In the criminal action, four hooded men wearing bulletproof vests arrived at Travessa Marcílio Dias around 12:30 am and expelled nine residents from the three houses, all from the same family. A 77-year-old woman was pulled out of bed with a gun pointed at her head.
In another occurrence, in São Gonçalo do Amarante, in Grande Natal, a criminal police officer was shot dead in a new attack. According to the police, the crime happened around 9:30 pm in a commercial area of the neighborhood. Family members reported that the criminal officer was hit with three shots in the arm, leg and chest. Carlos Eduardo Nazário, 49, was rescued and taken in a Military Police vehicle to Santa Catarina Hospital, in the north of Natal, but he could not resist his injuries and died.
According to the Secretary of Public Security of Rio Grande do Norte, until 6 am this Saturday, 104 people were arrested. In total, since last Tuesday (14), 29 firearms, 87 explosive devices and 23 gallons of gasoline, in addition to 11 motorcycles and two cars, money, drugs and ammunition have been seized. Theft items were also recovered. Among those arrested are fugitives from justice and people who use electronic anklets in illegal situations.
Yesterday, with the arrival of the national secretary of Public Security, Tadeu Alencar, to the state, governor Fátima Bezerra highlighted that the integrated action of the security forces of the RN together with the National Force is a demonstration that the group will continue “tireless in taking the necessary measures to restore peace and public order throughout Rio Grande do Norte”.
In addition to the national secretary of Public Security, the national secretary of Penitentiary Management, Rafael Velasco, also arrived in Rio Grande do Norte on Thursday. Military police officers and the Civil Police of Rio Grande do Norte joined members of the National Force in various parts of the city and in integrated actions to combat the latest events that devastated the state. Under the coordination of the State Secretariat for Public Security, the reinforcement will reach approximately 500 men and women sent by the Ministry of Justice and Public Security.
Still in response to the criminal attacks in Rio Grande do Norte on Friday, in a new action by the Penitentiary Cooperation Force (Focopen) of the National Secretariat for Penal Policies, an agency of the Ministry of Justice and Public Security, federal criminal police transferred nine more prisoners from the Rogério Coutinho Prison, located in the Alcaçuz Complex, to the Federal Penitentiary System (SPF). The operation was supported by the State Department of Penitentiary Administration. Since the beginning of the crisis, there are already ten state custodians transferred to federal penitentiaries.
The removal was at the request of the Public Ministry of the state of Rio Grande do Norte and the local government and authorized by the Penal Execution Court. Those in custody are accused of commanding crimes such as homicides and drug trafficking. In addition, they are also involved in escape plans and attacks on public and private property in Rio Grande do Norte. Transferred prisoners can stay in any of the five federal units located in Catanduvas (PR), Campo Grande, Mossoró (RN), Porto Velho and Brasília. At the SPF, prisoners will be isolated in individual cells, with monitored visits and only in the open air, and with strict security procedures.
Expanded article at 12:01 pm