The search for a killer, who allegedly gunned down a teenager in Lindbergh Park over a month ago, took investigators to Mexico -- where they made an arrest.
15 year-old Joanna Vargas’ mother thought she was sleeping August 27 at 1:15 a.m. Instead, the teen had snuck out to meet her 19-year-old boyfriend and another couple at the park, she said.
Luis Francisco Barron, 19, lived near the park at the time of the murder, police said. They say he pulled the trigger that night, firing into the crowd and killing Vargas.
Barron was booked into San Diego County Jail after Mexican authorities detained the man in a Tijuana neighborhood called Colonia Obrera, an area in the western part of the city. Mexican police took the suspect to the San Ysidro border crossing on Saturday afternoon and released him to homicide detectives.
Police credit the community's involvement in tracking down the suspect. They have recovered an SUV they say was used in connection with the murder. Officials are still searching for other passengers who were in the vehicle at the time of the murder.