Washington state fugitives wanted for murder and multiple counts of child abuse have been arrested in Mexico, the US Marshals Service announced Friday, noting the first case involving a couple placed on the 15 Most Wanted Fugitives list. from the agency.
Edgar Salvador Casian-Garcia, 34, and his girlfriend, Araceli Medina, 38, were arrested last week by Mexican officials, the Marshals Service said, after being charged in Franklin County, Washington, with manslaughter with aggravated, four counts of child rape and child battery.
During the arrest, Mexican officials also recovered the couple’s five children who were listed as missing and under threat. The children were returned to the United States and taken into protective custody, US Marshals said.
CNN is trying to locate the information of the lawyer for Casian-Garcia and Medina, who remain in Mexico pending extradition, according to US investigators.
“We are very grateful that all five missing children have been safely rescued,” said John Bischoff, vice president of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. “The charges against Araceli Medina and Edgar Casian-Garcia are egregious and we commend the unwavering dedication of law enforcement.”
The criminal charges came after two of Casian-Garcia’s daughters, ages 3 and 8, were found abandoned in Tijuana, Mexico, in late 2020.