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Mexican Fugitive Wanted For Murder Found In South Carolina

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On Wednesday, a man wanted for murder in Mexico was reportedly taken into custody in South Carolina after being in the United States illegally.

Jorge Cruz-Antonio, age 31, was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals with the Operation Intercept Task Force in North Charleston, South Carolina, The Post and Courier reported. 

A “hit” on an automatic license-plate reader led a deputy U.S. Marshal to a Rivers Avenue apartment complex late Wednesday afternoon. When the marshal pulled into Bradley Square apartments, he spotted Cruz-Antonio sitting in a Honda with Virginia tags, according to a news release.

Officers from the U.S. Marshals-led Operation Intercept Task Force and several other agencies approached Cruz-Antonio as was getting out of the car. The 31-year-old man immediately began to run from the deputies, but was arrested after a brief foot chase.

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Authorities said Cruz-Antonio is accused of grand theft auto and murder in Mexicali, Baja California. On top of that, he was also in the United States illegally, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.

Cruz-Antonio also goes by the names Jose Alberto Ruiz Castro and Jorge Morales Mejia.

“This arrest was a textbook example of coordination among law enforcement agencies,” said U.S. Marshal for the District of South Carolina Thomas Griffin. “Operation Intercept Task Force members worked quickly to follow up on a lead and worked seamlessly to ensure the fugitive was taken into custody without incident.”

Cruz-Antonio is currently in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at the Charleston County jail.

 

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