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For Immediate Release

February 01, 2014 Daniel Leyva, Deputy U.S. Marshal - Tucson (520) 209-0935
Fugitive Trucker From San Diego Arrested At I-19 Checkpoint

Tucson, AZ – Last night, Salvador Ibarra, 50, a lawful permanent resident from Mexico, was arrested at the U.S. Border Patrol check point located south of Tucson on Interstate 19. Deputies assigned to the U.S. Marshals led Arizona WANTED Violent Offender Task Force received information from the San Diego Fugitive Task Force requesting assistance after information was developed and put Ibarra in southern Arizona. On the 24th of January, the San Diego Fugitive Task Force was contacted by the San Diego District Attorney’s Office and was requested to assist in locating Ibarra, who is an over the road truck driver. Ibarra is charged with: six counts of criminal threats; two counts of making criminal threats; and three counts of making an annoying phone call. The charges stem from many years of repeated harassing and threatening phone calls to various State of California government employees with the majority of the phone calls pertaining to child support and irreconcilable differences between Ibarra and his child’s mother. From March 2011 to present day, Ibarra was alleged to have made many threats to cause harm by conducting shootings targeting innocent bystanders, government officials as well as his child’s mother and child, who has since then turned 21 years old.

Earlier this afternoon, deputies and taskforce officers assigned to Violent Offender Task Force in Tucson headed south towards the Nogales and Rio Rico areas after they received very fluid and constantly changing information that Ibarra was in the area working as a truck driver. U.S. Marshals immediately contacted law enforcement agencies in the area including the U.S. Border Patrol, in hopes of locating Ibarra. At approximately 8:15 p.m. Ibarra was spotted by U.S. Marshals traveling northbound on I-19. An arrest team was in place at the U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint, where Ibarra was arrested without incident.
Ibarra was transported to the Santa Cruz County Detention Center by the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Department where he will remain pending his extradition back to the State of California to answer to his charges.

“This is an outstanding example of federal and local law enforcement agencies working together, sharing intelligence, and resources to get a dangerous criminal off the streets,” stated David P. Gonzales, U.S. Marshal for the District of Arizona.

The federal, state, and local agencies that comprise the Arizona WANTED Violent Offender Task Force (Tucson Metro Division) include: U.S. Marshals Service; Immigration and Customs Enforcement; Arizona Department of Public Safety; Pima County Adult Probation Office; Arizona Department of Corrections; Tucson Police Department; U.S. Border Patrol; Pima County Sheriff’s Department; and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The United States Marshals Service is the nation’s oldest federal law enforcement agency. Annually, U.S. Marshals arrest more than 50 percent of all federal fugitives and serve more federal warrants than all other federal agencies combined.

Please Note: This case is currently being investigated by the San Diego District Attorney’s Office in the State of California. Please contact the following individual regarding any questions: Steve Walker (619) 531-3890.

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