After being released due to lack of evidence, this Tuesday one of the young people who was arrested for the Umma crime spoke. This is Valentín García, a 22-year-old barber who said that he is a “parsley” and blamed the Buenos Aires Police for “building a case” against him.
García was the first suspect to be arrested for the murder that occurred on January 22 in Villa Centenario, Lomas de Zamora district. “No one told me why he was detained,” the boy said in an exclusive interview with Telenoche (eltrece), and said that he was arrested after his mother filed a disappearance report.
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“I did not spend that night at home and my mother reported this to the police, because she was looking for me. When I came back I found out what happened to Umma. From there they take me to the police station supposedly to take my statement. They put me in a room with 7 police officers and interrogated me. They pressured me to say who had killed her, but I hadn't watched TV or anything,” she said.
Valentín clarified that “he never had problems with the police” and added: “It was said that he had a record and it is not true. “They set up a case for me, I'm a parsley.”
Patricio Valentín García, the first of those arrested for the Umma crime.
Regarding the night the crime occurred, he stated: “That day I cut my hair and went to a friend's house. I woke up at noon without seeing the news. “I was 4 blocks from my house and when I arrived I found out that they were looking for me.”
He also said that a witness who pointed him out as a possible suspect “contradicted himself” and later claimed that he “had mistaken” who he was. “I believe they arrested me for an invention by the Parque Barón police station. It was in their best interest to arrest someone and they grabbed the first parsley that came their way. Then they took the case from the Bonaerense and gave it to the Federal,” he said.
Finally, he talked about the ugly moment he had to live when he was accused of being a murderer. “I'm afraid because in the neighborhood people and the police harass us, point at us, talk about us. We don't want to go out alone out of fear, I feel threatened. After I was released, no one apologized to me. I speak because I want to clear my name, I have a barbershop and no one is going to want to go,” Valentín said.
Who is still detained for the Umma crime after the release of Valentín García
Miguel Pastor Romero Molinas, alias “Duck”