A man accused in a 1990s cold case murder out of Houston, TX, was captured in La Vergne last week, officials with the police department and Homeland Security confirmed.
The La Vergne Police Department Criminal Investigations Division, along with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), arrested Mario Marraquin on Thursday, Jan. 24.
Marraquin, 41, is awaiting extradition to face homicide charges, investigators said.
According to a news release, the charges stem from a cold case murder that occurred in 1994 in Houston. The name of the murder victim is not being released pending the Texas investigation. Marraquin was living at 826 LaVergne Ln. for approximately 12 years under the assumed name of Cesar Cruz.
"HSI and its law enforcement partners will investigate and seek prosecution of criminals no matter how much time may have passed," said Special Agent in Charge of HSI New Orleans Raymond R. Parmer Jr. "Vigilance and persistence are the hallmarks of good investigative work, and criminals should be on notice through cases such as this that 'running out the clock' on justice simply isn't an option."
Parmer oversees a five-state area of operations that includes Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi.
"This was a case of interstate and interagency cooperation," said Detective Sgt. David Durham. "Texas police and Homeland Security Investigations were able to identify Mr. Marraquin. La Vergne detectives then obtained a fugitive from justice warrant to carry out the extradition process for him to be returned to Texas to face charges."
Marraquin was booked through the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office. He faces an extradition hearing, scheduled Jan. 30, through the Rutherford County court system.
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