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Monday, January 07, 2013

U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force Arrests Murder Suspects

Fresno, CA – U.S. Marshal Albert Najera, of the Eastern District of California, announced today that the U.S. Marshals Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force (PSWRFTF) - Fresno Division with assistance from the Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Team (SOFAST) - Cincinnati, arrested Domingo Antonio Cruz and Fausto Ramirez Martinez of Selma, California for Murder and Accessory to Murder late Friday night in Cincinnati Ohio.

On December 23, 2012, the Selma Police Department was dispatched to the 2200 block of Knowles Ave., to investigate a disturbance. Upon arrival, officers found two males that appeared to be in a traffic accident, however had injuries consistent with a stabbing. Both males were transported to the hospital, where one of the victims died from his injuries.

Witnesses at the scene observed a verbal altercation, which turned physical between the victims’ and two Hispanic males, later identified as Cruz and Martinez. According to witness observations, Cruz and Martinez had been inside a black SUV which they rammed into the victims’ car several times before physically assaulting the victims. During the assault the victims were stabbed. Cruz and Martinez fled the scene in the SUV.

The Selma Police Department, a member of the PSWRFTF, contacted Task Force Officers for assistance in locating and arresting Cruz and Martinez. Task Force Officers discovered that the suspects fled the State and were possibly hiding out at an apartment complex in Cincinnati. The SOFAST team was contacted and began surveillance of the complex. Several hours into the surveillance, Cruz and Martinez were taken into custody.

The Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force is a U.S. Marshals-sponsored partnership comprised of investigators from federal, state, and local agencies. The main objective of the task force is to seek out and arrest fugitives charged with violent crimes, drug crimes, sex offenders, and other felonies. More fugitives are arrested annually by the U.S. Marshals Service than all other federal agencies combine

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