Make A Run For The Border. The Dylan Ryan Johnson Case

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In the mid 90s, Taco Bell introduced the slogan "Make a Run For the Border.  At almost every commercial break, channels were flooded with campaigns with a desert backdrop, supposedly the Mexican border and people running into Taco Bell to buy the .49 cent taco.  The slogan put Taco Bell on the map as a mainstream fast food restaurant.  Some 13 years later in 2003, Dylan Ryan Johnson made a run for the border, but not to Taco Bell.  He literally entered Mexico to help with construction on his mother's house, who had moved to Mexico.  Dylan, by name is obviously an American.  "Gringos" as white americans are called in Mexico typically stand out, especially in the small town of Empalme Escobedo.  On Sept 7th 2003, a 16 year old resident of Mexico, Hilario Garcia Rosales was killed inside of a hotel room at the Hotel Villa Empalme.  The hotel was known to  register each guest license plate.  The only information at the time was a "gringo" with a  green truck.  On Sept 11th, 2003, Dylan's visa was expiring.  So rather than pay for the extension of his visa and since his mother was not ready to move into the house, Dylan flew back to the US.  Dylan was unaware that he was a suspect of a murder and possible rape.  He married and started a business, without a second thought.  Six years after the victim's body was found, police return to the hotel with a photo array.  However, the photo array only had one "gringo", Dylan.  The rest were mexican men.  The staff at the hotel of course identify the "gringo".  In  2012, US Marshall arrest Dylan who then sits in a cell for 8 months before extradition.  Dylan was later convicted of murder and is in a Mexican prison.  No DNA, No motive, No eye witness, 6 years before a photo line up.  Join us this Wednesday.  Get Dylan back across the border.  

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