SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A man suspected of stabbing his estranged wife to death outside her Southcrest home before hiding out in Mexico for 5 1/2 years was brought back to the United States Wednesday to face charges in the slaying.

FBI agents escorted Mauricio Tadeo, 46, from Mexico City to Los Angeles, where San Diego police took custody of him late this morning, SDPD Lt. Kevin Rooney said.

Early on the afternoon of Jan. 26, 2006, 36-year-old Alma Tadeo was leaving her residence in the 3900 block of Boston Avenue to go to work when her estranged husband allegedly confronted her in the street and fatally stabbed her.

About 20 minutes later, the man's pickup truck crossed into Mexico, Rooney said. Detectives recovered it at Tijuana International Airport the next day.

Over the next several years, homicide detectives worked with prosecutors to obtain an arrest warrant -- issued last October -- permitting Tadeo's extradition to the United States.

Five months ago, FBI agents and Mexican police arrested Tadeo at a relative's home near Mexico City.

Tadeo was expected to be booked into county jail in San Diego on a murder count this afternoon or evening.