Suspect In Murder Arrested At Border

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A man arrested while crossing the border last week has been on the run from a murder rap for more than a year, Pomona police said Friday.

Uriel Diaz, 20, of Pomona, had a warrant issued for his arrest for the killing of Alfredo Reyes last year, said Pomona police Detective Robert Nelson.

Diaz was arrested Saturday by Border Patrol officers as he tried to cross into Arizona from Mexico, said Brian Levin, spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Arizona.

Diaz is suspected of killing Reyes and dumping his body around the 1400 block of West First Street around 7:30 a.m. May 4, 2004, Nelson said. The body was discovered by a city employee. It had at least one gunshot wound, Nelson said.

“We found out that the deceased had been there for a day or two,” Nelson said. “He was actually spotted by one of our city employees who thought he was a transient.”

Investigators found Diaz’s cell phone under the corpse of Reyes. That was the initial clue that led police to Diaz as a possible suspect, Nelson said. Since that time, detectives have found more evidence that implicates Diaz, Nelson said.

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