Orlando Orea, 38, has been arrested in Mexico in connection with a New York City murder.

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Suspect in 2012 Union Square murder tracked down in Mexico

September 28, 2018 - 3:37 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- After years on the run, a man wanted in New York for the killing of a youth soccer coach, has been arrested.

The search for fugitive murder suspect Orlando Orea, 38, did not end well. NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea says there was a tip as to Oreja's location in Mexico, and authorities there tracked him down.

"It's understood and it is preliminary, three of the authorities were shot, two of them unfortunately fatally and the individual i snow in custody," NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said.

Orea is charged in those murders and faces extradition to New York, but it's not clear when.

Cops aren't sure why soccer coach Michael Jones was slashed to death in Union Square in 2012. Oreja had just left a bar nearby after getting into a fight with someone else. Police say it's possible that Orea mistook Jones for a man who broke up a fight between him and a woman at a bar called Bunga's Den.

The New York Post reports, Orea allegedly left behind a note to his brother in Queens before leaving.

"Love you guys very much. Hope you can forgive me. I'm sorry," the note said.

Jones was originally from Liverpool and worked for the Red Bulls in New Jersey.