Marshals Join Manhunt in Pregnant Officer's Killing

Maribel Arteaga was found stabbed in her home. Her children were in the house during the attack

By R. Stickney
|  Monday, Dec 21, 2009  |  Updated 1:08 PM PDT
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The U.S. Marshals announced they have joined the International manhunt for an estranged husband accused of slaying his pregnant wife, a Customs and Border Protection officer, and her unborn child.

Maribel Arteaga, 28, was found stabbed in her home on Thursday, Dec. 10.

Witnesses say Jesus "Alex" Arteaga, 28, knocked on the victim’s apartment door just before 8:30 p.m. on Santa Alicia Avenue in Eastlake. When Maribel opened the door, Alex stabbed her with a long-bladed knife, police said.

The CBP officer was two months pregnant at the time. The couple's two children, ages 6 and 4, were home at the time of the attack.

Alex Arteaga fled the scene. Maribel Arteaga later died at the hospital.

Now, a $5,000 reward is offered for information leading to the capture of Alex Arteaga. It is believed he is in the Sanchez Taboada neighborhood of Tijuana. Mexico. He may be driving a blue or white van with Baja plate BCW-66-27.

Alex Arteaga has a tattoo of a tiger on his right arm. He was last seen driving a 2007 gray Ford Ranger pickup with California plate 8T23674 and is considered armed and dangerous.

Officer Arteaga had been assigned to the Tecate port of entry since May 18 when she entered on duty with U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

If you have any information, you're asked to call the U.S. Marshals Service at (877) WANTED2.

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