TUXTLA GUTIERREZ, Mexico (AP) – Police say teenagers stoned a 22-year-old man to death in southern Mexico because they believed he had stolen a cell phone and a bicycle from one of their friends. Police officer Jaime Sanchez says Alejandro Lopez tried to flee Saturday when the teenagers approached but was cornered.

Sanchez says the teenagers had fled by the time police arrived and found Lopez’s body on the doorstep of a house. He says Lopez apparently knocked on the door seeking help but nobody answered.

Sanchez says police believe the teenagers, ages 14 to 16, belonged to a neighborhood gang in Tuxtla Gutierrez, the capital of Mexico’s southernmost state of Chiapas.

AP-ES-02-21-09 1648EST

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