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Man charged in slaying at homeless camp
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Date published: 9/12/2012
A man accused of killing another man at a Fredericksburg homeless camp July 25 has been arrested in Georgia.
Juan Antonio Zarco Melchor, 43, was apprehended about 6 a.m. Tuesday at a relative's home in Marietta, Fredericksburg police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe said. He is charged with first-degree murder in connection with the stabbing death of Armando Escobar, 43, who was found dead in a tent in a homeless camp in the Bragg Hill area known are "La Montaña."
Bledsoe said Detective Patrick Lamb's investigation led to the murder warrant being obtained last week. Since then, city police have been working with the U.S. Marshals Service and Immigration and Customs Enforcement to find the suspect and take him into custody.
Zarco Melchor, also known as Juan Zarco and "Michoacano" is an immigrant from western Mexico who was in this country illegally. Bledsoe said police believe he left Fredericksburg immediately after the slaying. He will be extradited to Virginia from Georgia.
Escobar had been in the Fredericksburg area since 2008 and had lived in the homeless camp for more than a year. He had a wife, children and other family in El Salvador, and worked here as a laborer.
Bledsoe said police still don't know what led to the stabbing. Anyone with information is asked to call Lamb at 654-5740.
Keith Epps: 540/374-5404