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Wanted Mexican national murder suspect captured in Petaluma

Photo of 32-year-old Mario Alberto Hernandez-Huerta being arrested in Petaluma on Friday, Dec. 27.

Courtesy of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Published: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 1:31 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 1:31 p.m.

A Mexican national murder suspect was captured at a residence in Petaluma on Dec. 27, after spending seven months on the run.

Mario Alberto Hernandez-Huerta, 32, was arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers Friday, and transferred to the custody representatives of the Mexican Attorney General's Office for deportation.

According to the Mexican arrest warrant, Hernandez-Huerta allegedly shot Jalisco, Mexico resident Christian Trujillo Rodrigeuz multiple times with a 9mm pistol after the victim threw a rock at the suspect's home following a verbal altercation on May 28, 2012. Mexican authorities said several individuals who witnessed the predawn shooting identified Hernandez-Huerta as the shooter.

The Petaluma arrest, which occurred without incident, took place after the San Fransisco Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) fugitive team was alerted to an outstanding murder warrant for Hernandez-Huerta. ERO initiated an investigation and discovered Hernandez-Huerta's whereabouts.

“Criminals who seeks to escape responsibility for their actions by fleeing to the United States will find no sanctuary in our communities,” said Erik Bonnar, deputy field office director for ERO San Fransisco. “As this case makes clear, we are working closely with our foreign counterparts to promote public safety and hold criminals accountable — no matter where they commit their crimes.”

According to the Department of Homeland Security databases, this is not the first time Hernandez-Huerta has surfaced in the Bay Area. He was previously deported from the U.S. in 2000 following a conviction in Oakland for assault with a firearm.

(Contact Janelle Wetzstein at janelle.wetzstein@arguscourier.com)

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