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Press Release

United States Returns Alleged Murderer to Mexico

For Immediate Release
Office of Public Affairs

On Feb. 20, the United States surrendered to Chihuahua, Mexico, state authorities Saul Luna Villa, also known as Saul Luna and Pantera, 24, a U.S. citizen of El Paso, Texas, charged with aggravated femicide for allegedly murdering his partner, A.M.B.V., in April 2023, in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua.

Luna Villa was escorted by the U.S. Marshals Service and surrendered to the Government of Mexico at the Lerdo Stanton International Bridge. He now faces justice in Mexico. This action reflects ongoing bilateral cooperation between the United States and Mexico to investigate crimes and bring those responsible to justice, no matter where they are.

The Justice Department’s Office of International Affairs provided significant assistance in securing Luna Villa’s return to Mexico. The Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service, U.S. Marshals Service, Homeland Security Investigations’ (HSI) Office in Ciudad Juarez and El Paso sectors, U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division, and Attorney General's Office of Chihuahua also provided invaluable support in this case.

Updated February 27, 2024

Press Release Number: 24-216