Regional
6:14 pm
Fri June 24, 2011

Former Mexican Police Chief Speaks Out In El Paso

El Paso – A young woman who says she left her post as police chief in her Mexican hometown and seeks U.S. asylum because of death threats is "sad and angry" after a fellow policewoman from her hometown was wounded by assailants.

Twenty-year-old Marisol Valles spoke at a news conference Friday, four months after fleeing from Praxedis G. Guerrero. She had been police chief in the small border town since October.

Valles' predecessor was beheaded, and she alleged that drug cartels threatened her life before she came to the U.S.

Attorney Carlos Spector says Valles has "a well-founded fear of persecution" because of Wednesday's attack on the female officer. Mexican officials say the officer and her husband and child were stabbed in their home during a robbery, not an assassination attempt.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.