These illegals here for better life what went wrong Marshals arrest illegal suspected in Hargill slaying?

EDINBURG — Federal marshals arrested a man Wednesday accused of kidnapping and beating his ex-girlfriend to death with a stone. Jose Juan Sanchez, 33, had evaded authorities since the body of Laura Isabel Reyes was found in a field near Hargill on July 13. The U.S. Marshals Service located Sanchez outside a... show more EDINBURG — Federal marshals arrested a man Wednesday accused of kidnapping and beating his ex-girlfriend to death with a stone.

Jose Juan Sanchez, 33, had evaded authorities since the body of Laura Isabel Reyes was found in a field near Hargill on July 13.

The U.S. Marshals Service located Sanchez outside a relative’s house in Cicero, Ill., near Chicago, where he was arrested without incident, Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Treviño said.

The search for Sanchez led authorities to Houston, Dallas, across Indiana and finally to Greater Chicago, where a cross-check of his relatives’ phone records led authorities to the fugitive.

Sheriff’s deputies are on their way to interrogate him in Illinois, where he awaits a hearing on his extradition to the Rio Grande Valley. Authorities plan to arraign him on one count of capital murder once he is brought back here.

Deputies believe Sanchez kidnapped Reyes, 35, from the McAllen baseball park on North Ware Road on July 12. She managed to dial 9-1-1 before Sanchez and an alleged accomplice, Ernesto Castillo Rodriguez, tied her up and loaded her in the back of her Dodge Caravan.

On the recording of that phone call, Reyes can be heard pleading for her life and asking Sanchez not to kill her, the sheriff said. A male voice on the recording tells someone to stay down. The phone cuts out about four minutes into the call.

McAllen police have said attempts to contact the 9-1-1 caller after the phone conversation ended were unsuccessful.

Investigators said Castillo and Sanchez took the woman to a field near the intersection of M. Davila Road and Farm-to-Market Road 490 near Hargill, where she was beaten to death with a large stone.

Castillo, a Mexican national and illegal immigrant living in Mission, confessed to helping with the kidnapping and slaying, court records state. He told investigators he acted as a lookout for Sanchez and restrained the woman.
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