U.S. Marshals return 2013 murder fugitive to Phoenix

Posted at 12:15 PM, Apr 26, 2018

A man wanted by police for a 2013 homicide has been found in Mexico and returned to Phoenix. 

U.S. Marshals report that Ismael Perez-Barraza, 28, was deported to the United States upon his arrest in Sinaloa on April 5.

Barraza returned to Phoenix Wednesday morning, landing at Deer Valley Airport in North Phoenix. 

Barraza is alleged to have murdered his 21-year-old wife Sandra on October 6, 2013. 

Phoenix Police Lt. Michael Rivera said the shooting happened during a family argument at their home near 75th Avenue and Indian School Road.

At the time, the family told ABC15 that they had a feeling their daughter was in an abusive relationship. The couple had been married for about 18 months and had a 2-month-old daughter. 

Authorities said the child was present during the shooting but was uninjured. 

Earlier this month, investigators developed information that indicated that Barraza had fled to Mexico to begin a new life. 

The U.S. Marshal's Service coordinated efforts with Mexican law enforcement to capture Barraza. 

Barraza is being held on a $1,000,000 bond and is being charged with first-degree murder.