Captured members of the gang ‘Los Barbies’ accused of stealing bicycles in Bogotá

The detainees are accused of committing several bicycle thefts in Bogotá (Taken from @FiscaliaCol)

In the last hours, the Attorney General’s Office managed to find two subjects accused of belonging to the criminal gang The Barbies. Reported to be involved in at least nine events in which they intimidated their victims with firearms and sharp knives, mainly bicycle users to strip them of their belongings.

the sectional Bogota was in charge of carrying out the judicial process of the two individuals detained in the town of Rafael Uribe Uribe, and identified with the names of Erick Ricardo Oliveros Espejo and Daniel Fernando Pinzon Jimenez.

Thanks to the strong evidence obtained by the prosecution. Another member of the gang was able to be recognized and notified of the judicial process in the Melgar prison. Place where he is with an insurance measure for other crimes committed.

The criminals operated mainly in the neighborhoods: Bravo Páez, Quiroga and Inglés in the town of Raphael Uribe Uribe. The modus operandi of Los Barbies consisted of the distribution of shares. While one of them selected the victim, the others involved knocked him off the bicycle and later with a firearm or sharp knife intimidated him and stripped him of his belongings.

The subjects were arrested after the authorities obtained a record of at least nine cycle theft crimes. (Taken from @FiscaliaCol)

The criminals selected sectors of the dark bike paths to hide and surprise the cyclists. They mainly operated in the early hours of the morning and at night when citizens traveled to their work sites or returned to their homes. With the convincing evidence of nine criminal actions, the authorities charged the charges of qualified and aggravated robbery.

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The increase in bicycle use among the inhabitants of the country’s capital has been a result of efforts made since the 1970s, the date on which the Sunday bike path was inaugurated. With the intention of promoting another means of transport that allows speeding up journeys and at the same time being healthy.

Currently, Bogotá is known as the World Capital of the Bike. This is due to the public policies that have been carried out over time and its current 590 kilometers of permanent bike paths and seven that are managed temporarily.

According to figures from the District Secretary of MobilityIn the city, a total of 880,000 daily bicycle trips are registered, this as an alternative that citizens take to use traditional means such as the Integrated Transportation System (Sitp) and TransMilenio.

Although currently it has evolved, in terms of the space selected so that cyclists can be transported more safely through their lanes and avoid traveling through heavy load vehicles, in order to avoid road accidents, the issue of insecurity It is a factor that worries users.

According to figures from the Bogota Metropolitan PoliceIn the first quarter of 2022, the city registered 49,573 cases of theft of all kinds. This, taking into account that only about 20% of the victims report the respective event.

The black traffic of bicycles is one of the main factors by which this crime does not stop. One of the last registered cases was denounced in the town of Fontibón, where a citizen was approached by five subjects and after being brutally beaten and robbed, the accused tied his hands and feet with the laces of his tennis shoes and then threw him into the Bogota river. Miraculously the victim survived.


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