Mexican gang member wanted for stabbing caught in Phoenix

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The following is a press release from the U.S. Marshals Service:

PHOENIX -- The U.S. Marshals Service in collaboration with Immigration and Customs Enforcement- Detention and Removal Operations (ICE-DRO) arrested International Fugitive Jesus Gastelum. Gastelum was wanted in Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico, on homicide charges.

It is alleged that Gastelum, a known gang member in Mexico, and three other associates members stabbed a man to death in 1994 in Costa Rica, Sinaloa, Mexico. After the three other men were arrested, Gastelum fled to the United States. The three men stated that Gastelum was the individual who actually did the stabbing. Authorities in Mexico contacted the U.S. Marshals' Mexican Investigative Liaison (MIL) Unit located in Phoenix for assistance in locating and apprehending the alleged murderer.

After weeks of gathering intelligence it was determined that Gastelum was now using the assumed name of Jorge Gonzales. Deputy U.S. Marshals (DUSMS), assisted by ICE-DRO observed Gastelum departing his residence and conducted a traffic stop. Upon questioning by DUSMS, Gastelum provided false identification for Jorge Gonzales. Gastelum was arrested and immediately placed into ICE custody. He will be returned to Mexican authorities pending immigration administrative proceedings.