Sonoran Officials Apprehend Man Wanted In Pima County For Murder

Published: Tuesday, July 28, 2020 - 6:22pm
Updated: Tuesday, July 28, 2020 - 6:25pm
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Brian Jon Altland turned over to U.S. officials after being arrested in Caborca, Sonora.

For the second time in less than a week, authorities in neighboring Sonora, Mexico, have detained a suspect wanted for murder in Arizona.

Sonoran state officials arrested 27-year-old Brian Jon Altland in Caborca on Friday in coordination with the U.S. Marshals Service.

Altland had been on the run since November, wanted by the Pima County Sheriff’s Department on suspicion of first-degree murder, according to a release from the Sonoran Attorney’s Office. He was captured after attempting to purchase two vehicles with high denomination U.S. currency in Sonora.

Sonoran authorities turned Altland over to Mexican immigration authorities in Nogales, Sonora, who delivered him to the U.S. Marshals Service at the port of entry.

The Pima County Sheriff’s Department confirmed he was booked into adult detention Tuesday and charged with first-degree murder in connection with the Nov. 18, 2019, death of 46-year-old Eric Duncan McCormick.

Just days before, Sonoran authorities also detained a man suspected of killing a teenager during a 2018 armed robbery in Avondale.

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