CHULA VISTA, Calif. – After two years on the run in Mexico, Jesus Arteaga Garcia is back in Chula Vista to face charges of murdering his pregnant wife, a former border agent, police announced Wednesday.
U.S. Customs and Border Protections officer Maribel Arteaga was two months pregnant when her estranged husband allegedly stabbed her to death.
On Wednesday, after a six-month extradition process, Arteaga Garcia was brought back to Chula Vista and will make his first court appearance Thursday afternoon.
“If you’re a felon, if you’re a fugitive, crossing the border…at some point, you’re going to be arrested,” said Chula Vista Police Chief David Bejarano. “We’re pleased to bring this individual back to face the charges and at least bring some kind of closure to the family.”
Maribel Arteaga’s two other children were inside her Chula Vista home at the time she was murdered, investigators said.
Jesus Arteaga Garcia had filed for divorce prior to the deaths.
Investigators said Arteaga Garcia ran to Mexico and hid with his sister and parents “in plain sight.” U.S. Marshals and Mexican Federal Police arrested him in January while he was walking his dog.
Law enforcement indicated Arteaga Garcia’s family was less than sympathetic to the victims. At a press conference to announce his capture, the U.S. Marshals office reiterated what Arteaga Garcia’s family said, “Maribel got what she deserved.”
Jesus Arteaga Garcia will be in court Thursday at 1:30 p.m.. He is being held without bail.