Couple wanted in Idaho murder tracked down to Edinburg

Cristopher Cruz and Stephanie Juarez // KTVB and Minidoka County Sheriff's Office Photo

A couple wanted in connection to a murder in Idaho is behind bars in the Rio Grande Valley after authorities tracked them down to Edinburg.

Edinburg police arrested 21-year-old Christopher Cruz and his 32-year-old girlfriend Stephanie Pauline Juarez.

Details about their capture were not immediately available but police said they were wanted in connection to a murder in Idaho.

According to a report from Boise-based KTVB-TV, Cruz is wanted on a murder charge for the August 2nd shooting death of 36-year-old Craig Glen Short in Heyburn, Idaho.

The Minidoka County Sheriff's Office issued a warrant of hindering apprehension against Juarez.

Both Cruz and Juarez drove with two others more than 1,730 miles away to Edinburg.

They ended up living at a home on the 900 block of East Sprague Street but were kicked out.

The two ended up staying at a Motel 6 about a block away from the Edinburg Police Department.

Police learned that the two were staying there and arrested Cruz under a tree at South Park, which is right behind the police department.

Officers arrested Juarez while she was walking at nearby Veterans Park.

Edinburg police say Christopher Ray Van Every and Gisela Garcia new Cruz and Juarez and helped them come to Edinburg.

Van Every and Juarez were both charged with hindering apprehension and given $50,000 bonds on Wednesday afternoon.

Cruz and Juarez remain in custody where they are facing extradition to Idaho.