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Police arrest man for murders in 2006 and 2008, extradite him from Mexico

Jan 10, 2022, 11:53 AM

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SALT LAKE CITY— Juan Antonio Arreola-Murillo was booked into Salt Lake County Jail Thursday after being extradited from Mexico on multiple murder and burglary charges. Arreola-Murillo is allegedly charged with three counts of aggravated murder, one count of aggravated robbery, and two counts of aggravated burglary.

On Feb. 9, 2006, Arreola-Murillo killed 29-year-old Sonia Mejia and her unborn child according to court documents. She was home alone the morning of Feb. 9 when a neighbor witnessed Arreola talking to Mejia and then forcibly entering the home around 11:30 a.m.

Mejia was found dead by her husband at 6 p.m. that evening when he arrived home from work. She had been strangled to death at her apartment at 1167 W. Clubhouse Drive (4000 South) in Taylorsville. Mejia was six months pregnant. Her car, a Ford Escort was missing, as well as the jewelry she had been wearing.

The car was found four days later at Fairfield Inn at 590 W. 4500 S.

For the Feb. 9, 2006 incident, there are two counts of aggravated murder and two counts of aggravated burglary.

Two years later to the day, on Feb. 9, 2008, Arreola-Murillo killed Damiana Castillo at 4000 South Redwood Road according to court documents. She was also found strangled to death.

For a time, people expressed fear about the date being significant or signs of a serial killer. But finally, police were able to put a face with description they’d heard of the man responsible.

For the death of Castillo, Arreola-Murillo faces charges of one count of aggravated murder and one count of aggravated robbery according to court documents.

Arreola-Murillo was deported to Mexico in 2008 and has not returned to the United States since that time.

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Police arrest man for murders in 2006 and 2008, extradite him from Mexico