Fugative Marine Cpl. Cesar Laurean Caught in Mexico … Awaiting Extradition for Murder of Lance Corporal Maria Lauterbach
U.S. Marine Corps Corporal Cesar Armando Laurean has been a fugitive for three months and is wanted in the rape and murder of 20-year-old USMC Lance Corporal Maria Lauterbach. The man hunt for Laurean began after the remains of missing Maria Lauterbach were found in a fire it where Laurean had burned her body and that of Lauterbach’s unborn baby.
Cesar Armando Laurean
This just in … breaking news … Cesar Armando Laurean has been captured in Mexico and is in custody. Laurean has been arrested and has already been indicted in the US on charges of murder, ATM card theft, attempted card theft, fraud and robbery with a dangerous weapon.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The FBI says it has taken a North Carolina-based Marine wanted in the brutal murder of a pregnant colleague into custody in Mexico.
The FBI office in Charlotte said Thursday night that special agents and Mexican authorities have arrested Marine Cpl. Cesar Laurean. Laurean is charged with murder in the slaying of Marine Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach (LOW-ter-bahk).
The FBI says Laurean is awaiting extradition back to the U.S.
Marine Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach/US Marine Corps Corporal Cesar Armando Laurean
UPDATE I: FBI arrests suspect in slaying of Marine
The FBI did not say when or where in Mexico Laurean was arrested, but said he is awaiting extradition to the U.S.
“Laurean’s swift arrest in Mexico was due to the diligence and dedication of the Mexican government and our law enforcement partners,” Nathan Gray, the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Charlotte office, said in a statement.
UPDATE : Why Isn’t Wife of Fugitive Marine not being arrested for Obstruction of Justice?
The wife of Cesar Laurean, Christina, knew where the marine fugitive was and refused to help the authorities find him. Why is she not being arrested on charges of obstruction of justice?
Onslow County Sheriff’s Capt. Rick Sutherland said Cpl. Cesar Laurean repeatedly asked his family and his wife, Christina, for resources after he fled in January to Mexico.
“She specifically denied to provide those resources when she was asked,” Sutherland said. “She knew that was against the law.”
He added: “We received cooperation from family members. … That got us to the place we are today.”