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For Immediate Release

Contact:
August 26, 2013 Scott Williams, U.S. Marshals Service
Deputy U.S. Marshal/Public Information Officer
Western District of Texas – El Paso Division (915) 534-6779
Confessed Murderer Detained in Mexico
Transferred to U.S. Custody at Port of Entry

LSFTF LogoEl Paso, TX – Alfonso Gomez Quiroz, 35, of Pecos, Texas, was detained by Mexican authorities this past Saturday in Ciudad Acuna, Mexico. After further investigation, it was determined that Quiroz did not have status to remain in Mexico and was subsequently deported to the United States at the International Port of Entry in Eagle Pass, Texas Sunday morning.

On May 16, 2007, the Texas Rangers initiated an investigation into the murder of Jesus Abdiel Garcia which occurred in Pecos. Texas Rangers immediately identified Quiroz as a prime suspect and apprehended him the following day hiding in a Motel. Quiroz was held on a $600,000 bond for the charges of murder and unlawful possession of a firearm. In September of 2009, Quiroz posted his bond and was released from custody. Quiroz was due to appear before the Pecos County District Court to enter a plea to the murder charge. Quiroz did not appear as ordered and a Failure to Appear warrant was subsequently issued.

The Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, in conjunction with the Texas Rangers, initiated an investigation and determined that Quiroz had fled from Pecos to an unknown destination in Mexico. Members of the task force determined that Quiroz was hiding out in Acuna, Mexico with a family member. Additional information received into Crime Stoppers assisted investigators in the apprehension of Quiroz. The task force subsequently contacted Mexican authorities for assistance locating Quiroz, which resulted in a swift apprehension by Mexican authorities.

Due to the severity of the crime, the Texas Department of Public Safety added Quiroz to the Texas Top 10 most wanted list.

Robert R. Almonte, United States Marshal for the Western District of Texas, states, “The arrest of Quiroz is a true testament that fugitives cannot outrun the long arm of the law. The U.S. Marshals Service will continue to apprehend the most violent offenders, no matter where they attempt to flee.”

Members of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force: El Paso Police Department, El Paso Sheriff’s Office, Homeland Security Investigations, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, United States Border Patrol, Texas Department of Criminal Justice - Office of the Inspector General, Texas Department of Public Safety, El Paso District Attorney’s Office and the United States Marshals Service.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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