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Suspect in Border Patrol agent's 2009 slaying arrested in Tijuana

April 11, 2011 | 10:21 pm

MARCOS MANUEL RODRIGUEZ PEREZ Mexican authorities in Tijuana said Monday they have arrested a man wanted on suspicion of killing a U.S. Border Patrol agent in July 2009.

Marcos Manuel Rodriguez Perez, nicknamed “El Virus,” was arrested Monday evening by Tijuana municipal police officers in the eastern part of the city, an agency spokesman said.

Rodriguez, 26, is one of three men suspected of trying to rob Border Patrol Agent Robert W. Rosas while he was on patrol in a remote area east of San Diego. The 30-year-old father of two was shot multiple times after putting up a struggle.

Another suspect, Christian Daniel Castro Alvarez, turned himself in and was sentenced to 40 years in prison last year.

Castro, a teenager at the time of the incident, said the group crossed the border intending to steal the night vision gear and other equipment from Rosas’ vehicle. The men allegedly lured Rosas out of his car by making noises as he drove just north of the border fence near Campo, about 60 miles east of San Diego.

The FBI had been working closely with Mexican authorities to find Rodriguez and a third suspect, who remains at large. A Mexican police source said Rodriguez has already been turned over to U.S. authorities.

An FBI spokesman declined to comment on the arrest, citing the “highly sensitive” nature of the investigation.


Mexican teen admits killing U.S. Border Patrol agent

Mexican teen who killed border agent gets 40 years

-- Richard Marosi in San Diego

Photo: Marcos Manuel Rodriguez Perez Credit: Tijuana secretary of public security