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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Tennessee

Friday, October 24, 2014

Illegal Alien, Twice Deported, Arrested In Nashville-Wanted For Murder In El Salvador

Cesar Cruz-Marin, 39, a citizen of El Salvador, was arrested yesterday in Nashville and charged with unlawful re-entry into the United States, after being convicted of an aggravated felony, announced David Rivera, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee.

Cruz-Marin was arrested following an investigation by Homeland Security Investigations and the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force.  Agents had been searching for him after being notified that he was a fugitive from El Salvador, where he was wanted for aggravated homicide, which was alleged to have occurred in December 2010.  At the time of his arrest, Cruz-Marin was using the name Manuel Aguirre.

According to the criminal complaint, Cruz-Marin was deported to El Salvador from California, in 1998, after being convicted of involuntary manslaughter and serving time in prison for his part in a gang-related murder.

In July 2009 Cruz-Marin was again found in a jail in the United States and was again removed from the U.S. by Immigration officials.

If convicted, Cruz-Marin faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.   He is also subject to deportation.

This case is being investigated by the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force and Homeland Security Investigations.  The case is being prosecuted by Asst. U.S. Attorney Clay Lee.

Charges brought by a criminal complaint are merely accusations.  All persons are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

Updated March 19, 2015