The moment police arrest female assassin who gunned down ‘Israeli mafia’ members in Killing Eve-style execution at top restaurant in Mexico
- Esperanza Gutierrez, 33, blasted Benjamin Yeshurun Sutchi, 44, and bodyguard
- Tried to escape by changing into blonde wig and disguise – like in hit BBC show
- Terrified customers filmed crawling under tables for safety as gunshots rang off
This is the moment a female assassin was arrested after gunning down two ‘Israeli mafia’ members in a Killing Eve-style execution in Mexico.
Killer Esperanza Gutierrez, 33, was pictured being loaded into the back of a police van after blasting Benjamin Yeshurun Sutchi, 44, and his bodyguard, Alon Azulay, 41, as they dined at an upmarket restaurant in Mexico City.
Gutierrez then tried to escape by changing into a blonde wig and new outfit – just like the villain from the hit BBC show who carries out hits in disguise.
Killer Esperanza Gutierrez, 33, is loaded into the back of a police van after gunning down two Israelis in a high-end restaurant in Mexico City
Gutierrez tried to escape by changing into a blonde wig and new outfit – just the villain from the hit BBC show Killing Eve
But CCTV video captured Gutierrez running through the streets near the upscale Plaza Artz Pedregal in the southwest of the capital before she was arrested.
Her male accomplice managed to escape and is still at large.
The woman originally told the police she shot one of the men because he had cheated on her when the pair became romantically involved after they met through Facebook. But her story was quickly discredited by investigators.
The Israeli embassy in Mexico said Azulay and Sutchi both had criminal records in Mexico and Israel.
According to Mexican newspaper El Universal, Gutierrez said she was paid $262 by the Jalisco New Generation Cartel – considered the most powerful in all of Mexico – to carry out the hit.
The shooting took place on the same day that a third Israeli native, Erez Akrishevsky, was arrested during an operation in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo by Israeli police and the Interpol.
Benjamin Yeshurun Sutchi (pictured from a prior arrest) was executed in the assassination
Alon Azulay died in hospital from injuries sustained in Wednesday afternoon’s mall shooting in Mexico City
Esperanza Gutierrez (left) tries to flee following Wednesday’s mall shooting in Mexico but was later arrested (right)
Police don’t know whether the two cases are related. El Universal reported that Sutchi, who received training from Mosad – Israel’s intelligence agency – had stabbed Akrishevsky over a previous business deal. Akrishevsky had ties to Colombian and Mexican drug cartels.
Israeli media reported that Sutchi broke out from an Israeli prison in 2001, where he was serving a term for attempted murder. He fled to Latin America and later was arrested in Venezuela and Mexico for drug trafficking.
Akrishevsky was a convicted felon who escaped prison 18 years ago and was living in in Mexico under the identity of Ricardo Lopez.
Long considered relatively safe compared to other regions in Mexico, Mexico City has become increasingly plagued by lawlessness and turf wars between gangs.
The national murder tally in 2019 is on track to surpass last year’s record of over 29,000, in part due to an increase in the violence in the capital.
President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, a veteran leftist who took office in December, has vowed to tackle the problem.