American Man Charged for Attempted Assassination of U.S. Diplomat to Mexico

An image of the crime scene where Zia Zafar shot at the U.S. Vice Consul Christopher Ashcraft in Mexico.

An American citizen has been charged with the attempted assassination of a U.S. diplomat assigned to the U.S. Consulate in Guadalajara, Mexico, according to a press release from the U.S Department of Justice on Tuesday.

31-year old Zia Zafar of Chino Hills, California, was deported from Mexico to the United States and arrested on Monday, according to the department’s press release.  Zafar appeared in federal court on Tuesday in Alexandria, Virginia.

The criminal complaint of the event explains that Zafar disguised himself and followed Vice Consul Christopher Ashcraft after the diplomat left the gym to his vehicle in a parking garage. Zafar, was wearing a wig, blue scrubs and white shoes.

He was captured on surveillance video firing into Ashcraft’s vehicle, wounding him in the chest, before fleeing. Zafar was subsequently detained by Mexican authorities.

Ashcraft is recovering at a medical facility in Guadalajara.

Zafar was living in Guadalajara on a student visa. He holds a U.S. passport and a California driver’s license.

A motive has not yet been provided by authorities.

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