Fugitive sent to Mexico City for extradition

His dual citizenship requires processing in nation’s capital

TIJUANA -- The fugitive husband wanted in the murder in San Diego of his wife was transferred Monday to Mexico City, where his extradition will be processed.

Local authorities said Armando Pérez, 37, was taken to the Attorney General’s Office because he has dual U.S. and Mexican citizenship, which requires judicial processing there before he is handed over to American law enforcement.

Pérez had been sought by San Diego police since his estranged wife, Diana González, 19, was found stabbed to death in a men’s bathroom at City College on Oct. 12, 2010.

Days later his car was found in Tijuana, where he is believed to have fled. Police had been on the lookout for him since then and posters with his photo were distributed in the area, offering a reward for information leading to his arrest.

Municipal patrol officers identified him around 3 a.m. Sunday in a bar along the tourist strip avenida Revolución. He resisted arrest and had to be physically subdued, a source in the department said who asked not to be named because he was not authorized to speak about the case.

Pérez had a large purple bruise around his right eye and a cut on his eyebrow when the police department presented him to the news media about nine hours later.



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