EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSU.S. Marshals Arrest Man Wanted In Connection With NY Homicide
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Reported by: Kera Mashek
Web Producer: Bethany Simmons
Reported: Aug. 13, 2013 1:25 PM EDT
Updated: Aug. 14, 2013 9:28 AM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
A man authorities have linked to a notorious gang out of New York and wanted for questioning in a 2009 murder was arrested in Kanawha County.
Mario Flores-Contreras, 24, who had been using the name Alberto Mareo was arrested in Elkview Tuesday morning after tips came in from the U.S. Marshals Service in New Jersey and New York that he was hiding out here in West Virginia.
"He's wanted for questioning in an execution style homicide out of Kings County, New York. I think that indication right there--if you execute somebody in cold blood, it shows that you are a dangerous individual," said Chris Lair, inspector with the U.S. Marshals Service.
For the past several months, Flores-Contreras had a lot of people fooled, working at Fiesta Farm near Elkview. Authorities said he used a slew of fake IDs and changed his appearance. His employer apparently had no idea who he really was, and people who live in the surrounding area couldn't believe a wanted fugitive was here for months.
"Lived here 12 years and never would've even imagined anything like that," said Elkview resident Kenneth Hanson.
In fact, people here say they have never seen anything remotely suspicious in the area. But yet right under their nose, just up a hill, a wanted gang member was hiding out.
Many in the neighborhood also are parents, and they said it is unnerving that a man considered so dangerous was closeby, and working with kids every day at the farm's stables.
"I I was surprised actually. I actually see the police around, and I'm thankful for that. But it's usually quiet here, that's why we moved here seven years ago," Elkview reaident Kendall Smith said..
U.S. marshals in West Virginia are just glad they could help get a wanted fugitive off the streets.
"It's our task force's sole mission to hunt and arrest violent fugitives. Justice will find you eventually," Lair said.
Flores-Contreras is originally from Honduras, but has been living in the states for several years. He is now being held in the custody of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement at the South Central Regional Jail. Detectives from New York are making their way to West Virginia to interview him, and it's likely he will be extradited back to the Empire State fairly soon.
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