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January 27, 2008 Deputy U.S. Marshal Tom Smith
Western District of Texas (210) 722-0796

U.S. Marshals Service, Office of Public Affairs
(202) 307-9065

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Marshals coordinated the apprehension and capture of a “15 Most Wanted” fugitive Saturday in Mexico. David Sauceda, a jail escapee facing murder charges, was detained by Mexican authorities when a joint, international law enforcement effort found him in Tangacicuaro, Michocan, Mexico.

The long arm of the law reached across international borders to secure the alleged murderer and known Mexican Mafia member back into custody. Now that he is back on American soil, Sauceda will face the charges he was trying to outrun: murder, armed robbery, home invasion and escape.

U.S. Marshals used their extensive investigative skills and international law enforcement liaisons to track down Sauceda in Mexico. Mexico Immigration officials supported by Michocan State Judicial Police played an essential role on the team that brought down this dangerous fugitive.

U.S. Marshals from the Mexico City Foreign Field Office accompanied by Mexican law officers had Sauceda’s residence under surveillance when he was seen leaving the residence at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. When Mexican law officers approached him, Sauceda began to flee on foot but didn’t get far and was taken into custody after a short scuffle.
"The capture of 15 Most Wanted fugitive David Sauceda could not be accomplished without a joint U.S./Mexico law enforcement effort. Yesterday, Mr. Sauceda found out the long arm of the law can find you wherever you try to hide," said John F. Clark, Director of the United States Marshals Service.

Sauceda landed on the U.S. Marshals “15 Most Wanted” list in December 2007 after he escaped from a Texas jail Oct. 28, 2007. He was in jail awaiting trial for an alleged crime spree in late 2006. During the crime spree, Sauceda allegedly killed a man by shooting him in the head and then running him over with a vehicle. Sauceda and four accomplices then reportedly chased down a witness and shot him twice and stabbed him multiple times. During a home invasion six days later, Sauceda allegedly duct-taped a 59-year-old woman before stealing her cash, jewelry, an ATM card and a Ford Explorer. The following day, law enforcement officials arrested him.

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