Office of the Attorney General News Release Archive
Friday, May 24, 2002
CORNYN ANNOUNCES ARREST OF MURDER SUSPECT WHO HAD FLED TO MEXICO
Cooperation Between Texas and Mexican Law Enforcement Led to Arrest of Ignacio Ibarra Attorney General's International Fugitives Web Page Was Key to Finding the Suspect
AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn today announced that Mexican federal authorities have arrested Ignacio Ibarra in the border state of Coahuila. Mr. Ibarra, a citizen of Mexico, has been wanted since 1993 in connection with the murder of an 18-year-old woman near Uvalde, Texas. The suspect's case has been featured on the television show "America's Most Wanted."
The Office of the Attorney General has been assisting the Medina County Sheriff's Department and District Attorney since 1993 to coordinate with Mexican federal authorities to locate and capture the suspect.
"I hope this arrest gives the family of murder victim Marisa Alejandro some measure of closure after nine years that the suspect has been at large," said Attorney General Cornyn. "It also sends a clear message that our cooperative efforts with Mexican law enforcement are paying off. Our two countries are committed to working together to achieve justice for our people."
Attorney General Cornyn and Mexican Attorney General Rafael Macedo recently co-hosted a border law enforcement conference in San Antonio where the leaders pledged cooperation in securing the arrest of fugitives who flee across the border.
Ignacio Ibarra was wanted for the murder of Marisa Alejandro, his stepdaughter, which occurred on March 2, 1993 in Natalia, Texas. Her body was discovered stuffed beneath a bed in a trailer she shared with her mother and Mr. Ibarra. It was believed Mr. Ibarra fled to Mexico the day of the murder.
Medina County authorities enlisted the help of the Attorney General's International Prosecutions Unit, which specializes in working with Mexican federal authorities to pursue those who commit crimes in Texas and cross into Mexico in an effort to evade justice.
In early 2000, Attorney General Cornyn launched his International Fugitives Web Page, which featured a profile of Mr. Ibarra and other persons also believed to have fled to Mexico after committing murders in Texas.
A journalist with El Zocalo newspaper in Sabinas, Coahuila, recently published a story on the suspect and featured his photograph based on the information available through Attorney General Cornyn's Web Page. Shortly thereafter, Cornyn's office received a tip from a reader, which was immediately relayed to the Office of the Attorney General of Mexico. Mr. Ibarra was arrested on Wednesday and is being held at a local facility near Piedras Negras, Coahuila.
Other suspects currently profiled by Cornyn's "Fugitives" page include the following:
In addition to submitting information electronically, people with tips can call Cornyn's office toll free at 1-800-252-8011 in the United States. People in Mexico can contact Mexico's Federal Attorney General's Office toll free at 1-800-70690.International Fugitives Web Page
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