Suspect in slaying of mother in West El Paso arrested in New Mexico


Fernando Alonzo Alarcon, 31, the man suspected of murdering his mother in her west El Paso townhome Thursday morning, was captured by Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Deputies Friday afternoon after a brief area-wide manhunt.

El Paso Police issued a bulletin to media and all law enforcement looking for Alarcon and the silver 2005 Jeep Liberty that he was believed to be driving on Friday afternoon. Authorities located Alarcon’s mother, 62-year-old Graciela Acosta dead inside her townhome in the 5400 block of Suncrest in West El Paso just before 9 a.m. Thursday morning. 

Just a few short hours after issuing the bulletin, DASO deputies en route to a separate 911 call spotted the suspected vehicle with a flat tire near the intersection of West Afton Rd. and Camino Feliz in La Mesa, NM.

The DASO deputy stopped the vehicle and located Alarcon along with a rifle that was reportedly in the backseat of the keep. Sheriffs’ deputies transported Alarcon to the department’s main headquarters in Las Cruces until detectives from El Paso arrived.

After questioning, Alarcon was booked into the Doña Ana County Detention Center where he is being held pending extradition back to El Paso.

This is the 8th murder of 2017.

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