Mexican national wanted for murder lived and worked in Indianapolis before deportation

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A man wanted on murder charges in Mexico lived and worked in Indianapolis for several years before his deportation last week, according to immigration officials.

Agustin Espinoza-Betancourt, 34, was deported out of Chicago and turned over to Mexican law enforcement authorities last week. He had been living and working in the Indianapolis area at the time of his arrest.

According to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, he was the subject of an Interpol Red Notice for his role in a 1999 murder in Morelos, Mexico. According to the notice, Espinoza-Betancourt got into an argument with his neighbors—a mother and son—and shot them. The son was shot four times and died; his mother was shot twice while trying to shield him but survived.

4 Fast Facts

  • Mexican national wanted in murder case deported out of Chicago
  • The man was living and working in Indianapolis at the time of his arrest
  • He’s accused of shooting and killing his neighbor during a 1999 dispute
  • He faces up to 22 years in prison after being transferred to Mexican authorities

Espinoza-Betancourt faces up to 22 years in prison. He left Chicago on Oct. 7 and was turned over to Mexican authorities at the Brownsville, Texas, Port of Entry.

ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) received information in May that Espinoza-Betancourt was wanted in connection with a murder case. He was arrested on June 21 in Indianapolis and remained in ICE custody until his deportation last week.

ICE records show Espinoza-Betancourt illegally entered the U.S. in April 1999, shortly after the fatal shooting. ERO officers in Indianapolis previously encountered him in May 2003 and began removal proceedings; a federal immigration judge ordered his deportation in absentia in July 2003.

Despite the order, Espinoza-Betancourt remained in the U.S. until his deportation.

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