“Martincito”, the 17-year-old boy who murdered Lara Fernández, was arrested this Saturday by the Police after a shooting. The perpetrator of the femicide that occurred during the New Year's celebrations in 2022 was surprised when he was trying to steal a motorcycle in Lanús.
The criminal had escaped on January 5 from the Legarra Minors Institute, in the Buenos Aires town of La Plata. The next day, neighbors saw him driving around the neighborhood in a vehicle. Since then the police have been looking for him.
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The criminal was arrested along with an accomplice, also a minor, at the intersection of Achával and Chorroarin streets, in the town of Monte Chingolo, Lanús district. There the suspect was seen by members of the Patrol Command when he was trying to steal a motorcycle.
In that context, when trying to flee, he exchanged gunfire with the agents. “Martincito” and his accomplice escaped through the roofs, but shortly after they were arrested and the entire sequence was recorded by security cameras in the area.
Lara was murdered in an attempted robbery. (Photo: Facebook)
“He fell for robbery as we knew would happen, but thank God he didn't hurt or kill anyone,” Laura Fernández, Lara's mother, told TN.
In addition, he highlighted that the place where “Martincito” was caught is close to the neighborhood where he lived and where he had been hanging around since he escaped. “He always moved in the same place. In Lomas there were police looking for him and he went to the Lanús side,” he added.
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“Now we are going to wait to see what the judge and the prosecutor say to take the case and cross our fingers that they are good. This today is a peace of mind for me and my family,” she concluded.
It was the second time that “Martincito” escaped from a juvenile institute. The previous time it had occurred in a center in La Plata, in October 2022. In the days that he was a fugitive, he committed an attempted murder for which he was sentenced to 5 years in prison in an abbreviated trial by the San Isidro courts.
The crime of Lara Fernández
Lara Valentina Fernández, 17 years old, was murdered on Saturday, January 1, with a bullet to the back of the head while resisting a robbery in the Buenos Aires town of Lomas de Zamora.
The incident occurred on the corner of Olmos and Homero. There, Lara was meeting on the street with a group of friends celebrating New Year's when four armed criminals intercepted them to rob them.
The pain of Lara's mother two years after the crime. (Photo: Facebook)
According to a 19-year-old young man who was with the group of teenagers, the assailants took their things, but the young woman resisted. At that moment one of the criminals hit the girl with his butt and then a shot was heard. There they noticed that Lara had received a bullet in the back of her head, while the thieves escaped from the scene.
Hours after the crime, Cristian “Chula” Maidana, 23, was arrested. On March 28 of that year, Alan Benjamín González Ávalos, 22, was caught.
The last to fall was Leandro Nicolás Strassera, 21 years old. For him, the Buenos Aires Ministry of Security offered a reward of $5,000,000, but it turned out that he had been imprisoned in a police station for a long time for an assault. He had a false name and ID. These three criminals who participated in the robbery are still detained.
“Martincito” was not tried for Lara's crime, since at the time of the incident he was 15 years old and unimpeachable.