Man wanted for triple homicide in Phoenix in 2011 arrested, extradited back to U.S.

Posted at 10:28 AM, Jul 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-08 21:43:13-04

A 38-year-old man wanted by the Phoenix Police Department for allegedly killing three people in 2011 was arrested and extradited back to the United States, according to the U.S. Marshals. 

Authorities say Efrain Olague-Valdez was extradited back to the U.S. following his arrest in Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico after he was wanted by Phoenix police for three counts of first degree murder. 

Olague-Valdez allegedly shot and killed a driver and two other passengers at point blank range while he was riding in the back of a vehicle in 2011, according to the U.S. Marshals. 

After a warrant was issued for Olague-Valdez in 2012, Phoenix police requested the help of the U.S. Marshals in locating him. 

After authorities learned he fled the country, the U.S. Marshals contacted law enforcement authorities in Mexico to help capture Olague-Valdez. 

Mexican authorities arrested Olague-Valdez in Culiacan in December of 2016. He was then transferred to a Mexico City jail as he waited extradition back to the U.S.

Olague-Valdez was returned to the U.S. Friday and was booked into the Maricopa County 4th Avenue Jail. 

"The Phoenix Police Department is, once again, astounded and appreciative of the tenacious work of the United States Marshals Service,” said Chief Jeri Williams of the Phoenix Police Department in a news release.