Man who fled to Mexico after murder charge 21 years ago arrested trying to re-enter US

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HOUSTON - A man who police say fled to Mexico more than two decades ago after he was wanted for a murder was arrested trying to re-enter the United States.

Ariel Arreola Ramirez, 43, was charged with murder in the death of Carmelo Salvador, then 60, on Aug. 31, 1996.

Salvador was shot at his apartment in the 7700 block of Mesa, and pronounced dead at the scene.

Houston police said Ramirez was identified as the suspect and charged with murder nearly two months later. Police believed Ramirez fled to Mexico and was never found.

Then in March of this year, investigators said Ramirez attempted to re-enter the U.S. in Laredo. He was arrested by U.S. marshals and transported to the Harris County Jail.

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