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DA: Murder fugitives nabbed in Houston after 16 years on the lam

by staff

Posted on July 12, 2010 at 4:54 PM

HOUSTON—Two murder fugitives who’d been living under assumed identities in the Houston area for 16 years were arrested last week, Harris County District Attorney Pat Lykos said Monday.

Juan Carlos Tejeda, 33, and Jorge Tejeda Magdeleno, 35, are accused in the 1994 beating and stabbing of a Houston teen.

According to police reports, a group of alleged gang members jumped out of a van on Nov. 18, 1994, and attacked 17-year-old Juan Esparza as he walked in the 4400 block of Sherwood.

He was beaten with a baseball bat and stabbed during the attack.

He died later at Ben Taub Hospital.

Investigators said Tejeda and Magdeleno were two of the attackers and charged them with murder.

Tejeda was arrested but went on the lam after failing to appear in court on Dec. 16, 1994.

Magdeleno was never arrested and had been at large ever since the slaying.

But on July 7, 2010, both Tejeda and Magdeleno were arrested without incident by federal and local police officers working on the U.S. Marshals Office cold case squads.

Tejeda was found at a tire shop where he worked in the 4200 block of East Crosstimbers.

Magdeleno was located at his home in the 10100 block of Epsom.

Investigators said the pair had used other names to get fake driver’s licenses from the Texas DPS.

That information eventually led investigators to the fugitives.