Final suspect in Brownsville kidnapping, murder arrested in Mexico
Fri, 19 Jul 2013 23:07:55 GMT —
After more than a year on the run, the ninth and final suspect in a Brownsville kidnapping and murder was arrested in Mexico and is now in American custody.
Mexican authorities arrested 33-year-old Orlando Martinez Perez earlier this week.
Perez, who goes by the nickname "Homie," is wanted for the July 2012 kidnapping and murder of Reyes Bocanegra.
Bocanegra was kidnapped from a seafood restaurant in Brownsville and later found murdered inside his SUV in Rancho Viejo.
A total of eight suspects were arrested in the weeks that followed but Perez remained a fugitive in until this week.
Details about Perez's arrest were not immediately available but American officials confirmed he was extradited from Mexico City to Laredo.
Authorities handed over the capital murder and aggravated kidnapping suspect at the Laredo International Bridge I around 5:43 p.m. Tuesday.
Perez spent at least three days in the Webb County Jail but was booked into the Cameron County Jail on Friday afternoon.
A court date hearing for Perez was not immediately available.