Barajas is believed to have fled to Mexico following the incident, then returned to the United States using the alias.


12/6/2008

Fugitive living in Reading arrested in 27-year-old murder case

From our news staff / Readingeagle.com

A former migrant worker wanted for murder for 27 years was arrested early Thursday in Reading by a state police investigative unit from Gettysburg, authorities said.

Elio L. Barajas, 48, who was living in Reading under the alias Leopolda Talaveras, was arrested on charges he fatally stabbed another worker at a migrant labor camp near Gettysburg in 1981, police reported.

Barajas was arraigned Friday and committed to the Adams County Prison without bail.

Cpl. Philip J. Duffy, supervisor of the Gettysburg investigative unit, said police acted on a tip that Barajas was living in Reading.

The State Police Fugitive Task Force staked out a home in the 400 block of Tulpehocken Street, where Barajas was said to be living, and obtained an arrest warrant.

About 4 a.m. Thursday, a battery of troopers, Reading police and federal immigration officers surrounded the house and took Barajas into custody without incident.

Police are uncertain how long Barajas was living in Reading, but think he was there for several years.

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Barajas is believed to have fled to Mexico following the incident, then returned to the United States using the alias.

Assisting state and city police in the arrest were Berks deputy sheriffs, Berks County detectives and federal marshals, immigration and customs agents.

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