US Marshal: Phoenix murder suspect found hiding in Mexico

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A man accused of killing a person inside a Phoenix-area apartment during an attempted robbery has been arrested in Mexico, authorities said.

Jesus Ruiz-Hernandez was arrested Tuesday night in Sonora, Mexico by Mexican authorities, turned over to officers at the Nogales port of entry and is currently being held at the Santa Cruz County jail, according to David Gonzales of the U.S. Marshal District of Arizona.

Gonzales said Ruiz-Hernandez, who is a U.S. citizen, went to a Valley apartment on Aug. 25 believing there were illegal narcotics and valuables inside and began firing shots at several people inside the apartment in a botched attempt to steal the contraband, authorities said.

One person was struck several times by the bullets and died at the apartment, Gonzales said.

Ruiz-Hernandez fled, and U.S. Marshals and the Mexican law enforcement got information that Ruiz-Hernandez was hiding out in Benjamin Hill, a town in the Mexican state of Sonora.

He faces a second-degree murder charge.

The victim's identity has not been released.

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