Tulsa Murder Suspect Arrested Trying To Cross U.S. Border

Tuesday, January 18th 2011, 8:20 pm
By: News On 6


NOGALES, Arizona – A Tulsa murder suspect was arrested in Arizona Tuesday morning trying to cross the U.S. border.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested 24-year-old Charlie Noriega at the Nogales Port of Entry about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.  Officers said Noriega was trying to re-enter the United States.

According to a release from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Noriega couldn't provide any identification. Officers ran his name and other information through the system and discovered he was wanted on a first degree murder charge in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Noriega is charged in the death of 23-year-old Jason Crowder, who was shot to death in June 2010. Officers said Noreiga shot Crowder while he was visiting a friend in the 700 block of North Atlanta Place.

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According to the release, Noriega was taken into custody and turned over to Santa Cruz County Sheriff.

"This is why we are here, screening the thousands of people who cross every day," said Port Director Guadalupe Ramirez. "Our mission of keeping our country safe depends on our ability to find individuals like this and take action."