SAN DIEGO — Law enforcement agents assigned to southern California’s Joint Task Force – West (JTF-West) arrested a Mexican national on March 5 in Santa Ana, Calif. who was wanted by Mexican officials for a murder that occurred in the State of Oaxaca, Mexico.
Southern California law enforcement, which included the U.S. Border Patrol’s San Diego Sector (SDC) Foreign Operations Branch (FOB), originally had been asked by Mexican officials to be on the lookout for two murder suspects. The first suspect, a 24-year-old Mexican national female, was apprehended on Feb. 15, 2018. Law enforcement partners in San Diego and Los Angeles continued to be on the alert for her 26-year-old male accomplice. Recent leads led to a possible address in Santa Ana where law enforcement teams joined up on Monday to locate and apprehend the man.
The murder suspect was located in Santa Ana Monday evening. He fled from agents on foot but was quickly arrested. The agents turned him over to San Diego FOB agents, whose information led to the arrest. The man was turned over to Mexican officials last night.
Enforcement partners during the two-day effort included agents and officers from various law enforcement agencies in southern California.
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