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Suspect in Marion Oaks Murder Nabbed by US Marshals in Bronx Raid

Authorities in New York City have apprehended a fugitive wanted for a murder in Marion Oaks, Florida, earlier this year. Melvin Arias, aged 34, was taken into custody by the United States Marshals Service (USMS) on Thursday, February 29, 2024, in the Bronx.

The arrest stems from an incident that occurred on Friday, January 12, 2024, in Marion Oaks. At approximately 2:00 p.m., deputies from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) responded to reports of a shooting at 168 Marion Oaks Boulevard. Upon arrival, they discovered the lifeless body of Milagros Guzman Lopez, aged 47, who had succumbed to a gunshot wound.

Witnesses at the scene recounted that Melvin Arias had arrived at the location and engaged in a heated argument with the victim. The situation escalated when Arias retrieved a firearm from his vehicle and fatally shot Guzman Lopez before fleeing the scene.

Following an extensive investigation led by Major Crimes Detective Andrew Canterberry, a warrant for Arias’ arrest was issued. Detectives learned that Arias had likely fled to New York, prompting a collaborative effort between local and federal authorities to locate and apprehend him.

After thorough searching and continued investigative work, authorities traced Arias to an apartment in the Bronx. US Marshals successfully apprehended him, and he is currently being held at the Rikers Island – Eric M. Taylor Center in New York City.

Marion County Sheriff’s Office detectives have traveled to New York to interview Arias and coordinate his extradition back to Marion County to face charges for Murder in the Second Degree in connection with the death of Milagros Guzman Lopez.

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