Man wanted for murder in Mexico arrested at West El Paso apartment complex

El Paso News

A 30-year-old Mexican national living illegally in the U.S. was arrested Friday on charges of violently assaulting a woman in El Paso and murder in Chihuahua, Mexico from 2011.

Cesar Prieto, 30, was wanted by El Paso Police in connection to the January 6 assault of a woman. In that case, Prieto allegedly hit the woman and covered her mouth as she screamed for help. A warrant was immediately issued for his arrest, but his whereabouts remained unknown. 

While following up on leads, the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, consisting of agents from the U.S. Marshals, El Paso Police Department, U.S. Border Patrol, and others, discovered that Prieto was also wanted by Chihuahua State Police for a June 2011 murder. 

Investigators were able to confirm that Prieto was a Mexican citizen and was the same person wanted out of Mexico. 

Agents were able to get leads on Prieto’s location which took them to an apartment complex in the 4400 block of N. Stanton Friday. He was taken into custody without incident. 

He was booked into the El Paso County Detention Center with a $5,000 bond and an ICE immigration detainer. If transferred into ICE custody, Prieto will be transferred to the El Paso Processing Center pending immigration proceedings. 

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