LA VERGNE - The La Vergne Police Department Criminal Investigations Division, along with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, arrested a murder suspect Thursday.
Mario Marraquin, 41, has signed the extradition papers and is awaiting transfer back to Houston, Texas, to face homicide charges.
The charges stem from a cold case murder that occurred in 1994 in Houston.
The name of the murder victim is not being released pending the Texas investigation.
La Vergne police said Marraquin has been living on La Vergne Lane in La Vergne for approximately 12 years under the assumed name of Cesar Cruz.
“Homeland Security and its law enforcement partners will investigate and seek prosecution of criminals no matter how much time may have passed,” said Raymond R. Parmer Jr., special agent in charge of the New Orleans division of Homeland Security.“Vigilance and persistence are the hallmarks of good investigative work, and criminals should be on notice through cases such as this that running out the clock on justice simply isn’t an option.”
Parmer oversees a five state area of operations to include Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi.
“This was a case of interstate and interagency cooperation,” Detective Sgt. David Durham said. “Texas police and Homeland Security Investigations were able to identify Mr. Marraquin. La Vergne detectives then obtained a fugitive from justice warrant to carry out the extradition process for him to be returned to Texas to face charges.”
Marraquin was booked through the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office.
He faces an extradition hearing Wednesday, Jan. 30, through in Rutherford County General Sessions Court.