Saturday, July 30, 2011

Lopez, Texas Fugitive Extradited From Mexico

Simon Lopez

Fugitive was living illegally in Mexico.

By H. Nelson Goodson
July 30, 2011

Mexico City - On Friday, the U.S. Marshals Service reported that Simon Lopez, 26, wanted for the murder of a 1-year-old child and charged in Tyler, Texas, with capital murder and assault has been extradited to the U.S. from Mexico. Lopez was arrested on Thursday by Mexican Federal Police in the state of Querétaro without incident and then turned over to the U.S. Marshals Service in Mexico. Deputy Marshals took custody of Lopez at the Mexican airport and returned to Houston for processing and criminal proceedings against Lopez.
Mexico’s National Institute of Migration determined that Lopez was living in Mexico illegally and expelled him.
Lopez was on the U.S. Marshals Service 15 most wanted list and a reward of $25,000 was being offered leading to his arrest.
The U.S. Marshals Service reported that Lopez was babysitting his girlfriend’s two young toddlers, ages and 3, while she went to work on the morning of Nov. 23, 2010. Soon after, Lopez contacted the children’s aunt and notified her Jeremy Sylva, 1, was not breathing. Lopez then dropped the child off at the aunt’s house. The young boy was transported to the hospital and pronounced dead.
The medical examiners determined he died from a torn atrium in his hear due to blunt force trauma to his chest. They also discovered other signs of abuse including strangulation, broken ribs and severe bruising over the child’s body.
Police caught up with Lopez in a Dallas apartment and when they tried to take him into custody, Lopez struggled with the officers. He unsuccessfully tried to take one of the officer's weapon and then escaped from the scene.

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