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After 20 years, man wanted in Hillsborough murder found in Mexico

Israel Carrillo, 68, was arrested in Mexico on a first-degree murder warrant issued by Hillsborough County in 1999. He has been a fugitive for more than 20 years, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, but will be brought back to the county to stand trial. He is accused in the 1998 death of 84-year-old Pedro Tapia-Lopez, who was found shot multiple times in Lithia, deputies said. [Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation]
Israel Carrillo, 68, was arrested in Mexico on a first-degree murder warrant issued by Hillsborough County in 1999. He has been a fugitive for more than 20 years, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, but will be brought back to the county to stand trial. He is accused in the 1998 death of 84-year-old Pedro Tapia-Lopez, who was found shot multiple times in Lithia, deputies said. [Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation]
Published Mar. 29, 2019

He has been on the run from a murder charge for more than 20 years. Authorities finally found Israel Carrillo, 68, in Mexico.

Now he'll be brought back to Hillsborough County to stand trial.

The FBI tracked Carrillo to Mexico and had him arrested there on Tuesday, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. He was quickly extradited back to the United States on Wednesday.

He was wanted in the death of 84-year-old Pedro Tapia-Lopez. He was found dead on May 26, 1998 under a bridge in Lithia, near Boyette and Browning Roads next to Fish Hawk Creek, according to the Sheriff's Office.

The 84-year-old had suffered several gunshot wounds, deputies said. A palm print found on a bridge guardrail belonged to Carrillo, deputies said, while Lopez's blood was found in the back of a GMC Jimmy SUV that Carrillo had rented.

At the time, Carrillo was already wanted on an outstanding 1998 arrest for aggravated battery. In 1999, an arrest warrant for first-degree murder was issued.

Carrillo was being held in the Miami-Dade County jail pending an extradition hearing. Then officials said he will be brought to Hillsborough County.

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