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For Immediate Release

March 15, 2016 Amelia Swenhaugen, Deputy U.S. Marshal
District of Arizona – Phoenix (602) 828-8349
California Suspect Wanted for Attempted Murder Found in Arizona

Phoenix, AZ - Yesterday afternoon, Christian Mares, 29, was arrested near the area of Broadway and Mesa Dr. in Mesa. Mares, was wanted out of San Mateo County, California on a warrant for Attempted Murder, issued by San Francisco Police Department.

It is alleged that in January of this year, Mares, a documented member of a California street gang, fired into an occupied vehicle using a handgun in South San Francisco, nearly striking one of the occupants as they tried to drive away. Mares was identified and fled the scene shortly after. Mares has an extensive criminal history involving weapons, assault, drugs and terroristic threats.

Earlier this month, it was thought that Mares may have left California to reside in Arizona. After an extensive investigation, it was determined that Mares was residing in Mesa. While conducting surveillance Deputy U.S. Marshals and members of the Arizona WANTED Violent Offender Task Force were able to identify Mares at an apartment complex in the area of Broadway and Mesa Dr. Contact was made with Mares at the apartment where he was arrested without incident and set for transport to the Maricopa County 4th Avenue Jail to await his return to California.

“Christian Mares’ attempt to hide in Arizona created a legitimate threat to the safety of our community,” said David Gonzales, U.S. Marshal for the District of Arizona. “This threat ended by the cooperation and quick response by our Deputy U.S. Marshals and Task Force Officers.”

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than all other federal agencies combined.

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