SAN DIEGO (CNS) - One of five people charged in the 2009 shooting death of a Border Patrol agent near Campo was arraigned Friday on robbery and murder charges in federal court in San Diego.
Marcos Rodriguez-Perez was arrested by Mexican authorities in Tijuana last April in connection with the July 23, 2009, slaying of Customs and Border Protection Agent Robert W. Rosas Jr.
Rodriguez-Perez, 22, was extradited to San Diego on Thursday, leaving only one suspect in Rosas' murder at large, prosecutors said.
Charges were filed against Rodriguez-Perez, along with Jose Juan Chacon-Morales, Jose Luis Ramirez-Dorantes, Emilio Samyn Gonzales-Arenazas and Christian Daniel Castro-Alvarez.
Prosecutors allege Rodriguez-Perez, Gonzales-Arenazas and Castro-Alvarez illegally entered the United States from Mexico with firearms so they could rob a Border Patrol agent.
Chacon-Morales and Ramirez-Dorantes remained in Mexico to act as armed lookouts, according to indictments issued in the case.
Rosas was lured out of his vehicle and shot several times by Rodriguez-Perez, Gonzales-Arenazas and Castro-Alvarez. who then fled back into Mexico with the victim's gear bag, handcuffs, firearm and night-vision goggles, according to the indictments.
Castro-Alvarez pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced last year to 40 years in federal prison.
Ramirez-Dorantes was arrested by Mexican authorities last year and extradited to the United States. He has a trial date set for Dec. 6.
Gonzales-Arenazas pleaded guilty in July to murder charges and is scheduled to be sentenced in January.
Chacon-Morales remains at large, and authorities are asking for the public's help in locating him. Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to contact the FBI at 1 (877) EZ 2 TELL.
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