Between the night of July 27 and the morning of July 28, 1996, Guillermo Antonio “El Concheto” Álvarez and his band “los nenes bien” They starred in a bloody criminal raid that included robbery, shooting, and three cold-blooded murders: the son of a former minister, a young student and a commissioner. A month later, Álvarez would be arrested and sentenced in 1998 to life in prison. But his series of crimes did not stop behind bars. In the old prison of Caseros, already sentenced, he killed a fellow member with a faca. Thus, the “Concheto” became the protagonist of one of the most violent and remembered police stories in Argentina.
More than 16 years passed before Álvarez made news again. It was 2015 when the judges of the Criminal Cassation Chamber, Angela Ledesma and Alejandro Slokar, they considered that the quadruple assassin deserved to be released. But, genius and figure, the Concheto fell again: this time for the theft of a 67,000 pesos backpack from a man at the exit of a financier in downtown Buenos Aires. Since then, he has been housed in the Villa Devoto prison, from where he returned to speak yesterday, placing himself at the center of the violent riot scene carried out by the inmates of that prison in the Capital.
“El Concheto” was one of the four prisoners who signed the truce with the representatives of the Ministry of Justice of the Nation and the Penitentiary Service to stop -for the moment- the violent riot that kept the only prison that remains in Buenos Aires territory in suspense for several hours and that originated in order to demand that some of the inmates be transferred to their homes and avoid infections with coronavirus. A subject that divides justice and has public opinion on edge. At the same time that it reveals the victims of these criminals.
Obsession with Robledo Puch and pleasure for crime
Guillermo Antonio Álvarez, head of the band of the “babies well”, recruited “soldiers” in the village of La Cava de San Isidro, although he lived in Acassuso, in an elegant and well-to-do class district in the north of Greater Buenos Aires. He admired Carlos Eduardo Robledo Puch, the “angel of death” who, between 1971 and 1972, murdered 11 people while they slept or from behind.
After his arrest, psychological tests confirmed that Álvarez was not acting out of a need for subsistence, but because stealing gave him the energy he needed to live. He did it for pleasure. That’s how sinister. His father owned two cinemas and a commercial premises. For the experts who treated him, the young multiple murderer was “A narcissist, a perverse psychopath”. The same rating your admired received Robledo Puch.
The investigators, after the raids, discovered that he collected, in the luxurious chalet in which he lived, newspaper clippings with newspaper articles about the Angel of Death.
The Concheto had studied at the San Patricio and Nuestra Señora de Fátima secondary schools, from where he was expelled when he exceeded the limit of 24 admonitions. On one occasion they found an iron mitten among his belongings and on another he flipped a penknife against the blackboard in class.
His band was particular. He was not after the armor or the banks. His target was high-end restaurants. One of the first victims of Álvarez was the member of the board of the Esso oil company, who They stole a Rolex, the cell phone, money and his Honda Accord.
They also broke into a Chungo ice cream parlor, the Café de los Incas and La Parolacci. Cameroon, Harry Ciprian and La Biela were other establishments that suffered the assault of these children well.
On July 28, 1996, Guillermo Álvarez arrived at the Pub Company. He came in and mixed with clients. His henchmen, Oscar “el Osito” Reinoso, César Mendoza and Walter Ramón Ponce, alias “Oaky”, at a signal from the Concheto, armed entered the premises and demanded that all customers deliver the valuables.
But among those present at the scene was the Federal deputy inspector, Fernando Aguirre, Franco. Seeing them, he called out and the shooting started. Álvarez took advantage of the fact that the policeman fell to the floor and finished him off. A student who was celebrating her birthday there, Andrea Carballido, was the second victim.
The “Bear” Reinoso was wounded. The Concheto and his accomplices took him to the sister’s house. When Reinoso finally died, the woman reproached them. Álvarez was blunt: “Don’t tell me anything. I tried to save him. I cooked the gray hair that killed your brother ”.
That phrase is part of the judicial testimony of the sender who took Álvarez to the Villa Uruguay and who witnessed the conversation. In addition, it was one of the tests that the judges took into account to found the sentenced to 25 years in prison against Álvarez for another murder, that of Bernardo Loitegui (h), son of Bernardo Loitegui, former Minister of Public Works of the Nation during the de facto government of Alejandro Agustín Lanusse.
Six hours earlier that same day, in Martínez, Álvarez and a sidekick had stolen Loitegui (h) his Mercedes Benz. Although the man did not resist, The Concheto killed him with two bullets in front of his daughter.