Mexico mass murder suspect captured in Madera

FRESNO, Calif.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced on Tuesday that Miguel Cruz-Santoyo, 57, has been deported back to Mexico were he has been charged in a mass murder. According to the Mexican arrest warrant, on March 17, 2000, Cruz-Santoyo allegedly walked into an auto body shop in Morelia, Mexico and opened fire with a semi-automatic weapon. The warrant says he killed three people and wounded two others.

Cruz-Santoyo was captured at a home in Madera on October 23rd after the Mexican Attorney General's Office alerted Fresno's Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) about the outstanding arrest warrant. He was ordered to be deported by an immigration judge in San Francisco in early January.

"Criminals who seek to escape responsibility for their actions by fleeing to the United States will find no sanctuary in our communities" said Timothy Aitken, field office director for ERO San Francisco. "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."

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