Mexican authorities have confirmed the arrest of Jorge Balderas Garza, better known as “El JJ.”
Garza is wanted for the attempted murder of former Paraguayan international and FC America striker Salvador Cabañas.
During a night out in one of Mexico City’s most infamous bars, El Bar Bar, Cabañas suffered a shot to the head on the morning of Jan. 25, 2010. Cabañas was rushed to the Ángeles del Pedregal hospital, received immediate medical attention and was placed in intensive care.
After several studies were conducted, the doctors decided against removing the bullet lodged in his head.
On Feb. 16, 2010, Interpol authorities issued a red alert for the capture of Jorge Balderas Garza. Garza is known to have connections to a drug cartel and has been alleged to have used as many as seven identities to carry out crimes and evade the authorities.
Despite the odds, Cabañas made a successful recovery. Due to his current condition, he was not named to the Paraguay squad that participated in last year’s FIFA World Cup in South Africa. His future as a football player remains in doubt.
Cabañas is still undergoing rehabilitation exercises in his native Paraguay. This will surely be welcome news to Cabañas, who is in the midst of a labor dispute with FC America and a lawsuit against his former manager.
Mexican authorities have scheduled a press conference today, Jan. 18, 2010, at 19:00 EST to present Jorge Balderas Garza to the media formally.