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:

  • Alfredo Ramírez Rosas - Wanted for the capital murder, aggravated assault, and burglary of Mildred Ilene Stallones, an 82-year-old retired schoolteacher from Tomball, Texas, in August of 1993. It is believed that Ramírez fled to the town of El Tule, Mexico, in the state of San Luís Potosí.

  • Rogelio Guerra Vásquez - Wanted for the murder of Sugie Vásquez, his wife of 21 years. She was killed on May 26, 1997 in Orange, Texas. The suspect is believed to have fled to Monterrey, Mexico.

  • Alberto Gómez Zapata - Wanted for the murder of his stepson, Kenneth Yeager, and the attempted murder of his wife, Rita. The incident took place on May 28, 1992 in Bexar County. The suspect is believed to be in Monterrey, Mexico.

  • Roberto Ivanovich Ojeda Hernández - Wanted for a murder which took place on Jan. 13, 1998 at the South Texas Community College campus. The victim, security guard Carlos Hernández, was shot during the course of an armed robbery being committed by Roberto Hernández.

  • José Juan Salaz - On March 21, 1997, Salaz escaped from the Garza East Prison Unit in Beeville, Texas by climbing a chainlink fence. He has already been tried and convicted and was serving a 35-year sentence for the April 2, 1995 aggravated kidnaping of a Houston nightclub employee. Salaz should be considered armed and dangerous. He has shot at police officers in the past.

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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