Update: Man accused of killing mother is captured in New Mexico
EL PASO, Texas (KFOX) - Authorities at 3:06 p.m. Friday said the 31-year-old man accused of killing his mother had been found.
Fernando Alonzo Alarcon was a fugitive sought by police for the death of 62-year-old Graciela Acosta.
El Paso police said he was arrested in New Mexico. Alarcon was taken into custody in La Mesa, New Mexico by deputies with the Dona Ana County Sheriff's Office Friday afternoon.
According to the Dona Ana County Sheriff's Office, a deputy who was en route to an unrelated 911 call stopped a silver Jeep Liberty with a flat tire on West Afton Road.
The deputy recognized the vehicle from the bulletin sent out to area law enforcement agencies about Alarcon, officials said.
He was taken into custody and is pending extradition to El Paso.
According to the sheriff's office, a rifle was found in Alarcon's back seat.
Acosta was found dead Thursday at a townhome at 5450 Suncrest Drive in west El Paso, Texas.
The investigation began when police discovered her body during a welfare check at 8:45 a.m. Thursday.
Crime scene tape was put up at the Mesa Place Townhomes while police conducted their investigation.
Police believe Acosta's son killed her.
Enrique Carrillo, spokesman for the El Paso Police Department, said Thursday foul play is suspected in the woman's death.
A person who lives at the complex and did not want to be identified said they heard a woman scream during the morning hours.
Police were asking for the public's help in finding Alarcon. They said he was armed with a rifle and driving a 2005 silver Jeep Liberty.