Man Nabbed in Mexico in Connection With Murder of Pregnant Wife — a Border Patrol Agent

By Allan Lengel

A man has been arrested in Mexico in connection with the 2009 fatal stabbing in the San Diego area of his estranged wife,  U.S. Protection and Border Patrol officer Maribel Arteaga, who was pregnant at the time, KTLA TV reported.

Jesus “Alex” Arteaga Garcia, 29, was arrested Friday night by Mexican federal agents in Tijuana, Mexico, the station reported. Mexican authorities were acting on a tip from the U.S. Marshals Service, the station reported.

“He was living out in the open,” said Steve Jurman, a spokesman for the U.S. Marshals service, according to the station. “He thought he was scott free just because he was across the border.”

The station reported that Jurman said Arteaga was hiding with his family in Tijuana.

“We received information that the family made statements to the effect of, ‘Maribel got what she deserved,'” Jurman said.

The estranged husband is accused of killing his wife, 28, who was two-months pregnant with her third child. Their two sons, 4 and 6, and a boyfriend, a Homeland Security employee, were in the apartment on Dec. 10, 2009 at the time of the murder, the station reported.

Maribel Arteaga had been hired earlier in the year by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the station reported.

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