Passengers on Julio César bus assaulted by hooded criminals en route to Lima

A bus of the company Julio César leaving Huaraz at 11:15pm was stopped on the way near Chasquitambo – Pativilca by two criminals who were actually already aboard the bus. The two subjects were armed with guns and traveled as passengers. During the drive they lined up the driver and then let the bus stop so two fellow delinquents could get aboard. Under threats and shouts of terror they frightened the passengers and snatched all their belongings such as cell phones, goods, valuables and cash.

According to one of the assaulted passengers, it took the criminals about 45 minutes to fulfill their misdeed, during which time they searched the belongings of each individual passenger regardless of whether they were women or men. According to declarations on social media, one female passenger appeared to have travelled carrying with her 30.000 Soles (approx. U$ 9.000) and she seemed to have been the prime objective of the four criminals.

After completing the assault, the hooded criminals fled in a car that was standing by with probably a fifth accomplice behind the wheel. The passengers were taken to the police station of Pativilca where they gave declarations on the happenings. According to different sources, the Julio César bus terminal counts with cameras that film the passengers before getting aboard the bus so it should not be a difficult talk to identify at least two of the criminals involved. Strangely, until this time the company has not communicated anything, while the affected passengers demand that Julio César takes its responsibility because it allowed criminals to travel on their bus, despite carrying out an ID check before boarding.

Some frequent users of the bus company in question state on social media that they always travel with this company and that in Lima there is a strict control. However, the terminal in Huaraz appears to be the problem. On person claims that she travelled two days ago and that she was not asked to show her ID-card. Other frequent travelers between Lima and Huaraz suggest the company should improve its security. The assault happened on Monday in the early morning around 02:30AM.

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