The Attorney General, Francisco Barbosa Delgado, traveled with his executive team to Carepa (Antioquia) to learn at first hand the investigative advances related to criminal acts that affect public safety. There, he announced important results regarding the clarification of collective murders.

“We want to tell the country that the Office of the Attorney General continues producing results to Colombian citizens, to citizens in Antioquia, to Nariño and telling them that the Attorney General’s Office speaks and results follow” stated the Attorney General.

Thanks to the territorial approach and the prioritization of the investigative work to find those responsible for these crimes, the Special Investigation Unit and the Delegate Office on Public Safety achieved two conclusive results.

  • Andes (Antioquia)

A prompt investigative response. In a week, the itinerant team in Medellín and the Technical Investigative Corps (Cuerpo Técnico de Investigación CTI) of the Attorney General’s Office, with the support of t Sijin- Department of Police in Antioquia managed to arrest Johan Esteban Arango Restrepo, aka El Viejo or Carelapiz.

This person was allegedly involved in the criminal activity that took place on February 16 in Andes (Antioquia), in which five people were killed and one more was injured. Arango Restrepo would be part of a structure of the so-called ‘Clan del Golfo’, which would be responsible for several murders committed in Andes, Salgar and Betania (Antioquia), in which 25 people died.

Juan Carlos Serna Vélez, alias Ratoncel, was also arrested for the collective murders committed in Andes in a joint proceeding carried out by CTI and the Gaula-Army in the village Santa Rita of the aforementioned municipality.

“The Office of the Attorney General, within the framework of its investigations, has detected atrocious practices committed by these armed groups. Dismemberment and other practices completely unconnected to the civilized behavior of any person”, stated the Attorney General.

  • La Guayacana (Nariño)

In another operation carried out in the southwestern part of the country, alias Can Can, an alleged member of the residual group Oliver Sinisterra, was arrested. This person is investigated for the crime of six people which took place on August 22, 2020 in the La Guayacana sector, in Tumaco (Nariño).

The evidence shows that the detainee would be the second in the structure of the Majiño and a subordinate of alias Gringo, the top leader of this criminal organization. Moreover, it seems that he was in charge of planning and committing the murders.

This result can be added to the prosecution of another five alleged members of this dissident organization who have preventive detentions orders.

Alias ​​El Viejo and alias Can Can were brought before supervisory judges who declared the arrests as legal. The Office of the Attorney General charged them with aggravated murder, aggravated criminal conspiracy and illegal possession of firearms. In the next few hours, alias Ratoncel will be brought before a judge.

The Office of the Attorney General makes this information public for reasons of general interest.

When we speak, results follow.


The information contained in this press release corresponds to the narration of the objective news provided by the officials in charge of carrying out the criminal investigations within the Office of the Attorney General. By the time this communication is disclosed, the legal status of the people mentioned is still pending to be resolved by the competent judicial authority, always under the presumption of innocence contemplated by Article 29 of the Political Constitution and Article 7 of Law 906 of 2004.