The Argentine lawyer accused of robbery and murder fled to Qatar to support Messi at the World Cup before he could be arrested in his home country
- Diego Chacón was arrested by Interpol in Doha, Qatar on Thursday
- The 42-year-old lawyer was wanted for a November 19 robbery in San Salvador de Juyjuy, Argentina, that killed a warehouse worker and injured another
- One of the workers was shot in the head and died in a hospital
- Authorities searched Chacón’s home on November 29 and, after searching his girlfriend’s phone, found that he was in Qatar to watch the World Cup
- The wanted lawyer also posted extensively about his trip on social media
An Argentine lawyer wanted in connection with the alleged murder of a warehouse worker during a robbery last month has been arrested in Qatar after fleeing there to support the South American nation’s World Cup soccer team.
Diego Chacón, 42, was arrested by Interpol agents in Doha on Thursday.
An agent at Interpol’s office in Argentina told the Clarín newspaper that plans were being made to arrest Chacón at the Lusail stadium on Friday for attending Argentina’s quarter-final match against the Netherlands.
However, authorities were able to locate Chacón in an apartment complex where other Argentine football fans were staying. The internationally sought-after lawyer has reported extensively on social media about his time in Qatar.
“What we know for now is that he did not resist arrest,” the agent said.
Diego Chacón (pictured at the World Cup in Qatar) is an Argentine lawyer accused of planning a November 19 robbery of a warehouse in San Pedrito, Argentina, which killed one worker and left another with two gunshot wounds became. The 42-year-old was arrested by Interpol agents in Qatar on Thursday
Chacón (left) is said to have fled Argentina to Qatar and attended World Cup games. Authorities in Argentina discovered his whereabouts after searching his home and searching his girlfriend’s phone
Chacón is said to be the leader of a gang of thieves targeting businesses in the northwestern city of San Salvador de Jujuy.
He is accused of masterminding the attempted November 19 robbery of the Mamprim and De La Torre warehouses in the city of San Pedrito.
The attackers asked for one of the owners and then escorted two workers to the locker room area. A fight ensued and the workers were shot.
Javier Martínez, 31, was hit in the head and taken to a local hospital where he died.
Nicolás Montenovic was shot once in each leg and survived.
Interpol said Chacón had recruited and provided four suspects.Information about the logistical, human and commercial movements of a dairy product retailer.’
The International Police Organization said he instructed them to arm themselves with firearms so they could carry out the robbery.
Chacón fled his home country on November 29 on a flight that landed in Paris before landing in Doha to support Lionel Messi at the World Cup.
Diego Chacón, an Argentine lawyer who was searching for a warehouse raid in San Salvador de Juyjuy, Argentina, that ended in the killing of an employee on November 19, was arrested in Doha, Qatar on Thursday
The newspaper La Nación reported that police searched Chacón’s home the same day and later found out that he was attending several matches at the World Cup when they searched his girlfriend’s cellphone.
Chacón had sent his girlfriend several photos of him in the stadiums and also posted several photos on his Instagram account showing him in the stands behind a large banner of Argentine football legend Diego Maradona which read: “The happiest days were and will be be .’
Argentina play the Netherlands on Friday but Chacón won’t be there to see Messi take on Holland in one of their big World Cup rivalries.
His extradition to Argentina is still pending.