Mexican citizen arrested for 2010 Santa Barbara murder
June 22, 2016
A Mexican citizen whom United States Border Patrol agents recently arrested in an Arizona desert is now in Santa Barbara County Jail on a murder charge. The murder suspect allegedly fled to Mexico after stabbing to death a 36-year-old Santa Barbara man in 2010. [KCOY]
On Sept. 25, 2010, police officers arrived at an apartment at 730 Castillo Street to check on a resident who had not been seen for several days. Officers found the dead body of Samuel Bautista Justo inside the apartment. Justo has suffered multiple stab wounds.
Investigators identified Eutimio Osvaldo Aispuro as a suspect. But, Aispuro fled to Mexico before police discovered Justo’s body.
On June 4, Aispuro, 24, was arrested for illegal entry into the country. Border patrol agents located him in a desert south of Tucson.
Santa Barbara detectives contacted Aispuro while he was being held in Tuscon’s Pima County Jail. The detectives interviewed him on Monday.
Authorities then transported Aispuro to Santa Barbara where he was booked in jail on a murder charge.
Police Sgt. Riley Harwood said Santa Barbara detectives spent the years since the murder working with federal law enforcement and the Mexican government to arrange either Aispuro’s arrest and extradition to the United States or prosecution in Mexico.