Former Amazon Mexico Executive Goes Into Hiding After Wife Was Killed
A former Amazon executive is suspected to be on the run in the United States after he crossed the border two days after his estranged wife’s murder. Juan Carlos Garcia is the primary suspect in the murder of his estranged wife, Abril Pérez Sagaón, who is believed to have been assassinated via a hitman on November 25 in Mexico City. Pérez Sagaón was in Mexico City to appeal a verdict that found Garcia guilty of domestic violence after he savagely beat her with a baseball bat in January. Pérez Sagaón believes that he is guilty of attempted murder, and was in Mexico City to prove that when Garcia allegedly hired for her assassination, completing what he allegedly set out to do in January. Mexico courts ruled the beating as a domestic violence case, prompting outrage from the public on how women are treated in Mexico. International police were notified with a warrant for Garcia’s arrest after he didn’t appear for a scheduled hearing.
Interpol now believes that Garcia crossed the Tijuana-California border on foot just days after her assassination.
Abril Pérez Sagaón was murdered in front of two of her three children.
Pérez Sagaón had moved to Monterrey from Mexico City after she was beaten by Garcia and promptly filed for divorce. She was traveling back to Mexico City to appeal the verdict that downgraded his charge from attempted murder to domestic violence. While in Mexico City, she underwent a psychological evaluation on Nov. 25 that was meant to help her case.
Ultimately, her goal in appealing the domestic violence charge was to be able to get full custody of her children. She was in the car with two of her three children and her lawyer when a man on a motorcycle opened fire on Pérez Sagaón through the passenger seat window. He shot her in the head and neck. Pérez Sagaón died six hours later after doctors were unable to save her from her injuries.
Pérez Sagaón’s family is calling for #JusticeforAbril.
Pérez Sagaón’s brother, Javier Pérez Sagaón, tweeted the above photo of her after her death, “Despite being hit and after several days in the hospital, she was already positive and in a good mood. We miss you, little sister. #JusticeForAbril #AbrilPerez”
The family is absolutely certain that Garcia killed Pérez Sagaón. A relative that asked El País to remain anonymous told the outlet that “the only enemy she had in her life was him.” Pérez Sagaón has placed a restraining order against him, and his lawyers were informed that she would be traveling in Mexico City. “He had enough money to hire a hitman. We have no doubt it was him. The way things unfolded, because he already had shown intent, and because we know the way he is,” the relative told the outlet.
The family has tweeted out images of Pérez Sagaón’s brutal injuries to prove that Garcia had already attempted to murder her.
“Only a coward does this to a woman,” her brother, Javier, tweeted in Spanish, along with the images. “Terrible the emotional and physical suffering April suffered at the hands of her ex-husband JUAN CARLOS GARCÍA, for years! Let this atrocity not be forgotten. The authorities must apply the force of the law and make this damn being pay for the murder of April. #JusticiaParaAbril,” tweeted another friend in Spanish.
#JusticiaParaAbril has trended in Mexico since her death, prompting calls for Judge Héctor Jiménez López’s firing.
Many are calling on Judge Héctor Jiménez to step down from office for the way he handled Pérez Sagaón’s case. “Outrageous that Judge Héctor Jiménez remains in office,” tweeted one woman in Spanish. Another added that “No woman is safe in México while judges like Héctor Jiménez López keep freeing femicide offenders.” The judge freed García on counts of domestic violence, rather than attempted murder, even though he grabbed Pérez Sagaón in her sleep and beat her with a baseball bat until her head split open.
Others are marching in the streets, demanding #JusticiaParaAbril.
Garcia was the CEO of Amazon Mexico from 2014 to 2017 and went on to become a Director at a Mexican tech company. Many believe that his wealth and status led to a more lenient charge against Garcia, allowing him to continue to operate among citizens and coordinate the assassination of Pérez Sagaón.
Abril Pérez Sagaón is survived by her three children. Authorities are asking for help in capturing Garcia, who entered the United States through Southern California last week.