Man wanted for murder in Virginia arrested at Border Patrol checkpoint in Southern NM

Border Crime

LAS CRUCES, New Mexico (KTSM) — A 20-year-old man suspected of murder in Virginia was apprehended by Border Patrol agents Friday at the Interstate 25 checkpoint north of Las Cruces.

According to Border Patrol, Abel Alexander Castro Juarez was traveling on a northbound commercial bus that stopped at the Border Patrol checkpoint around 10 p.m. Agents performing an immigration inspection of all passengers found Juarez hiding in the restroom.

Agents ran a check on him and discovered he had an active warrant for his arrest stemming from a July 24, 2020 homicide in Fairfax County, Virginia. He was turned over to New Mexico State Police and later booked into the Doña Ana County Detention Center.

Juarez is being held without bond pending extradition to Virginia.

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