2001 Murder Suspect Located/Arrested in Mexico

May 8, 2012

Suspected murderer, Manuel Guadalupe Medina, was booked into the Maricopa County jail during the late hours of May 7, 2012, for the murder of his girlfriend in 2001.

On New Year's Eve in 2001, at approximately 8:00 pm, Mesa Police responded to 2002 N. Country Club Drive in regards to a shooting. Upon arrival, a female victim was found inside of a pickup truck registered to Medina. The female had a gunshot wound and subsequently died from her injuries. During the investigation, it was learned that Medina had shot the victim at a separate location, before driving her to the above Mesa address. Shortly after the shooting, Medina gathered his family and fled to Mexico. Further information revealed that the victim was breaking up with Medina.

On June 28, 2002, a warrant was issued out of Maricopa County Superior Court charging Medina with 2nd degree murder, class 1 felony, $500,000 bond. On April 25, 2003, a warrant was issued out of the United States District Court, District of Arizona.

Over the next several  years, working cooperatively with Mexican Federal Law Enforcement, Medina was eventually located and arrested in June 6, 2010 in Aguaruto, Municipality of Culiacan, Sinaloa, by Mexican Federal agents, pursuant to a provisional arrest warrant. He was transported to Mexico City and presented before a judge and was awaiting extradition. On April 24, 2012, Medina was returned to the United States and was taken into custody in Houston, Texas, by the sheriff's department. Medina arrived in Arizona on the evening of May 7 and was booked into jail for 1 count of 2nd degree murder.

This investigation is an illustration of the diligent efforts made by local and international law enforcement agencies working together to bring justice for a grieving family and to a suspected murderer. 



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