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For Immediate Release

April 06, 2018 Amelia Swenhaugen, Deputy U.S. Marshal
District of Arizona – Phoenix (602) 828-8349;
U.S. Marshals Office of Public Affairs (703) 740-1699
Arizona Fugitive Wanted for Homicide Arrested in Mexico After 5 Years on the Run
Phoenix, AZ - This morning, Ismael Perez-Barraza, 28, was deported to the United States after his arrest in a Culiacan, Sinaloa yesterday afternoon. Perez-Barraza was wanted by the Phoenix Police Department on charges of Homicide.

It is alleged that in 2013, Perez-Barraza, A United States citizen, murdered his wife by shooting her in a fit of rage during a heated argument. Following the incident, Perez-Barraza fled the Phoenix area to avoid facing criminal charges and the responsibility for the murder of his wife. An extensive fugitive investigation was conducted by the U.S. Marshals and the Phoenix Police Department, however, Perez-Barraza eluded capture in the United States and the investigation extended to exploring his whereabouts internationally.

Earlier this month, information was developed by investigators that Perez-Barraza had likely fled the United States in an attempt to hide out and begin a new life in Mexico. After identifying his location, the U.S. Marshals Service coordinated with Mexican Law Enforcement authorities to assist in apprehending Perez-Barraza. Acting on this information, law enforcement in Mexico arrested Perez-Barraza yesterday afternoon after his five year hiatus and run from the law. Perez-Barraza was subsequently transferred to a Mexican jail and held to await his deportation and return to the United States.

“Ismael Perez-Barraza is just one of the thousands of dangerous fugitives wanted in the United States who have fled to other countries to avoid prosecution. The U.S. Marshals Service, in conjunction with our local and international partners, navigate the international treaties and conflicting country specific laws that can impinge on the common interest of bringing to justice violent criminals,” said United States Marshal David Gonzales. “I want to thank our Mexican law enforcement partners for their invaluable help in capturing this murderer.”

Friday morning, Perez-Barraza was returned to the United States to await his extradition to Phoenix where he will ultimately face his charge for Homicide.

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.

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