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3 arrested in Mexico City bar kidnapping case

By CNN Staff
September 13, 2013 -- Updated 1134 GMT (1934 HKT)
What happened to 12 young people who were forced at gunpoint into a van in Mexico City's popular Zona Rosa entertainment district on May 26? <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/04/world/americas/mexico-missing-mystery/index.html?iref=allsearch'>The mystery has gripped nation</a>. Penelope Ramirez is a cousin of Jerzy Ortiz Ponce, who is one of the 12 missing people. She holds a sign with his picture during a gathering of family members in the Tepito area of Mexico City on May 31. What happened to 12 young people who were forced at gunpoint into a van in Mexico City's popular Zona Rosa entertainment district on May 26? The mystery has gripped nation. Penelope Ramirez is a cousin of Jerzy Ortiz Ponce, who is one of the 12 missing people. She holds a sign with his picture during a gathering of family members in the Tepito area of Mexico City on May 31.
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Federal prosecutors say they arrested three additional suspects
  • The mysterious mass kidnapping in May jolted Mexico City
  • Victims' family members have said they don't trust authorities

Read this story in Spanish at CNNMexico.com

Mexico City (CNN) -- Mexican authorities say they've arrested three additional suspects connected to the kidnapping of 13 youths from a bar in the country's capital.

Federal prosecutors told reporters that Jonathan Robles, Pedro Francisco Paz Lopez and Fernando Fernandez Sanchez are suspected in connection with the kidnapping and killing of the youths.

The mysterious mass kidnapping from the Heaven after-hours bar in May drew international attention after furious family members protested, claiming authorities weren't taking the case seriously.

The allegations have sparked concerns about whether violence has surged into Mexico City, where residents largely have been spared from drug war casualties seen in other parts of the country.

Are missing youths in mass grave?

Last month authorities said they'd found the missing youths' bodies in a shallow grave near Mexico City.

Mexico City Prosecutor Rodolfo Rios Garza said last month that the motive for the killing was revenge for a slaying that occurred in another bar in the capital.

At least seven other suspects have been arrested in the case.

Victims' family members have said they don't trust Mexican authorities and have called for an independent international investigation of the case.

CNN en Español's Fidel Gutierrez and CNNMexico.com contributed to this report.

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