A man accused of killing a Utah radio host has been extradited from Mexico to Salt Lake City, authorities said.
Manuel Omar Burciaga-Perea, 36, was flown back to Utah from Mexico City by the US Marshals Service after years of international efforts, according to a press release on Friday and reported by the local ABC4.
Burciaga-Perea was reportedly placed in the custody of the City of Taylorsville Police Department (TVPD).
“TVPD officers took Burciaga-Perea into custody at Salt Lake City International Airport and upon his arrival after the 4.5-hour commercial flight escorted by Marshals Service and transported him to the Taylorsville Police Station,” they said. said the police.
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“There, he declined to be interviewed by Taylorsville officials prior to his booking in the Salt Lake County Jail late Friday night,” authorities added.
Burciaga-Perea allegedly killed Gabriela Sifuentes Castilla, aka Gaby Ramos, a Spanish radio host he dated, at her sister’s home on October 17, 2021.
Burciaga-Perea shot Castilla seven times in the chest, arm and head, according to 2021 indictment documents.
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Police said first responders were unable to prevent Castilla from succumbing to her injuries at her sister’s home.
“Burciaga-Perea and Castilla had been in a romantic relationship but weren’t together at the time,” the TVPD said.
Police said that because Burciaga-Perea was at his home in Chihuahua, Mexico, they had been unable to arrest him due to his Mexican citizenship.
Law enforcement agencies in Utah, Mexico and Washington, DC worked in tandem to arrest Burciaga-Perea, and he was finally arrested on Thanksgiving last year.
Burciaga-Perea’s extradition to Utah and confinement in the Salt Lake County Jail followed six months in custody in Mexico City.
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“This could not have happened without the teamwork, perseverance and cooperation between the offices,” TVPD chief Brady Cottam said in the statement, according to ABC4. “The process has been tedious and painstaking, but we are grateful for this significant step towards resolution and justice.”