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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Fugitive Task Force Arrest Murder Suspects in Edinburg, TX

 McAllen, Texas – The United States Marshals Service-multi agency led Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Fugitive Task Force (GCVOFTF) announce the arrests of two fugitives wanted in Mexico.

Humberto Villasenor-Soto and Osvaldo De La Paz-Soto are wanted by Mexican Authorities of the Procuraduria General De Justicia Del EDO for Homicide. On January 2013, Villasenor-Soto and his cousin De La Paz-Soto allegedly shot and killed a young male in Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico, as he attempted to help and protect his mother from Villasenor-Soto and De La Paz-Soto. It is alleged that Villasenor-Soto and De La Paz-Soto held a gun to the victim’s mother as they carjacked her vehicle from the front driveway of her residence. The teenage boy victim was fatally shot as Villasenor-Soto and De La Paz-Soto drove away with the stolen vehicle. Mexican Authorities from the Procuraduria General De Justicia Del EDO contacted the United States Marshals Service when they learned that the assailants fled into the United States to avoid apprehension. The GCVOFTF in McAllen, Texas, were requested to assist in the apprehension of the two foreign fugitives.

On October 8, 2013, members of the GCVOFTF developed information that Villasenor-Soto and De La Paz-Soto were hiding in an apartment complex in Edinburg, Texas. Members of the GCVOFTF approached and made entry into the apartment after observing De La Paz-Soto walk into the apartment. Members of the GCVOFTF arrested Villasenor-Soto and De La Paz Soto after finding them inside a bedroom. Villasenor-Soto and De La Paz-Soto were turned over to Mexican Authorities at the Hidalgo Port of Entry with the assistance of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

The GCVOFTF is a team comprised of law enforcement officers from the Bureau of Alcohol
Tobacco & Firearms, Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Department, Homeland Security Investigations,
McAllen P.D., Mission P.D., San Juan P.D., Starr County Sheriff’s Department, TDCJ Office of
Inspector General, Texas Department of Public Safety, U.S. Marshals Service and Weslaco

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