David Sauceda, the Mexican Mafia gang member and murder suspect who escaped from the Bexar County Jail on Oct. 28, was apprehended Saturday by Mexican law enforcement officials at the Mexico home where he was living, authorities announced this morning.
Sauceda, 28, was captured outside a house in Tangancicuaro, a remote city of about 30,000 people in central Mexico, where he was living with his girlfriend and two children, according to the U.S. Marshal's Service.
Sauceda tried to run but was quickly taken in to custody by Mexican immigration officials and state police, who have been working with the Bexar County Sheriff's Office and the U.S. Marshals Service.
Eschewing extradition procedures, Mexican authorities instead immediately deported Sauceda on immigration violations. He was flown to San Antonio to once again face murder, armed robbery and home invasion charges. An additional charge of escape stems from his getaway to Mexico.
"There wasn't an extradition issue at all," said U.S. Marshal LaFayette Collins. "The Mexicans wanted to get rid of him."
Sauceda walked out the front door of the Bexar County Jail in part by duping detention officers into handing him the card of his cellmate, whose personal information he'd memorized.
Sauceda and his brother, Jesse Sauceda, are accused in the November 2006 murder of Juan Guevara, whom they allegedly shot in the head and then ran over in a car. A second man was shot twice and stabbed multiple times, but survived.
Six days later, Sauceda allegedly broke into an elderly woman's home and duct-taped her, stealing cash, jewelry and an ATM card. After fleeing from a police standoff in Corpus Christi the next day, Sauceda was arrested walking down a roadside with a handgun.
In December, Sauceda was named one of the U.S. Marshals Service's 15 most-wanted fugitives.