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For Immediate Release

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August 30, 2018

Colleen Grayman, Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal
District of Arizona – Phoenix (602) 316-4403;

U.S. Marshals Office of Public Affairs (703) 740-1699
U.S. Marshals End 9 Year Manhunt With Arrest

Phoenix, AZ – On Thursday, August 30th, Elton Jardines, 30, was deported to the United States after his arrest in Tlaquepaque, Jalisco, Mexico. Jardines was wanted by the Phoenix Police Department for two counts of 1st Degree Murder and two counts of Aggravated Assault.

“Elton Jardines is accused of committing a cowardly and senseless act of violence which was not forgotten by the victims, their families, or the community,” said United States Marshal David Gonzales. “The United States Marshals Service and Phoenix Police Department worked tirelessly to bring to an end to a 9-year manhunt. A special thanks to our partners in Mexican law enforcement that helped ensure that this double homicide suspect can finally be held accountable for his crimes.”

In the early morning hours of May 31, 2009, Jardines, and three other associates began an argument with a group of women parked in a nearby vehicle in the parking lot of a local convenience store which resulted in four people being shot, two of which died from their wounds.

Witnesses state Jardines brandished a handgun, fired numerous rounds in the air before turning the weapon on the women, firing multiple rounds directly into the group. Joanna Lopez and Crystal Arrona were struck and killed. Elisa Cornell and Andrea Benson were also hit, though they survived their injuries. After the shooting, Jardines fled the scene to avoid apprehension. The vehicle used in the commission of the crime was later found burnt and abandoned.

On September 9, 2011, the Phoenix Police Department requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Service led Arizona WANTED Violent Offender Task Force in capturing Jardines. Due to the extreme violence of the crime and the resources available to Jardines to avoid capture the U.S. Marshals Service classified it as a Major Case in 2016. In 2017, additional assistance was requested from the community when the search for Jardines was featured on The Hunt with John Walsh. Based on the renewed public attention, information was developed indicating the fugitive had fled the country to Mexico, Task Force members pinpointed his location and contacted the Mexican Law Enforcement authorities to assist in apprehending Jardines. Acting on this information, law enforcement in Mexico arrested Jardines on August 29, 2018, where he was subsequently transferred to a Mexican jail and held awaiting deportation.

Late Thursday evening Jardines was returned to the United States and held in the Maricopa County 4th Avenue Jail.

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.

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

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