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Attempted robbery at private residence of Puerto Rico governor


San Juan, Jun 3 (EFE).- The crime wave lashing Puerto Rico does not even respect Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla, whose private residence was the target of an attempted robbery over the weekend.

Police reported Monday that one or several individuals tried to break into the Garcia Padilla residence at the inland town of Caguas before dawn Sunday.

The chief of detectives in the Caguas region, Elexis Torres, said that one or several individuals forced a window open at the residence belonging to the chief executive, which set off the alarm system.

The woman renting the home from the governor was inside at the time of the attempted break-in.

Caguas police rushed to the house to question security personnel about the development and to launch an investigation.

News of the attempted robbery at the governor's property came at the same time as a report of eight violent deaths over the weekend, bringing the death toll to 362 so far this year, 33 fewer than by the same date last year.

The last murder was perpetrated Sunday night with the death of a 28-year-old man in the northern Puerto Rican municipality of Toa Baja, who was found shot to death inside his vehicle.