Fugitive apprehension unit arrests man wanted for murder

Credit: MGN

Investigators with his Fugitive Apprehension Unit (FAU) have arrested in New Orleans an individual wanted for murder in North Carolina.

Edu Antonio Varel-Lopez, 26, is a Honduran national believed to be in the United States illegally. He is believed to have fled to Louisiana following the shooting death of a North Carolina man in June.

Attorney General Caldwell’s FAU arrested Varela-Lopez on Tuesday evening after investigators found him hiding in the rafters of an upstairs portion of a residence under construction in the 2200 block of Clio Street in New Orleans

Varela-Lopez was wanted by the Durham County, North Carolina, Sheriff’s Office as a suspect in the June 27 murder of Franklin Martinez, whose body was found with multiple gunshot wounds on the side of an interstate highway in Durham. Valera-Lopez was located Tuesday afternoon as a result of the FAU investigation, when it was determined that Varela-Lopez was working on a construction site in New Orleans near Clio and South Liberty Street.  Upon arriving at the construction site, investigators saw Varela-Lopez, who fled into another part of the site.

Investigators established a perimeter around the construction zone and searched a number of buildings on the site with assistance from the New Orleans Police Department and the Housing Authority. Varela-Lopez was located several hours later hiding in the rafters of an upstairs portion of a residence under construction.

Varela-Lopez was transported to the Orleans Parish Jail and is currently awaiting extradition to North Carolina on the charges.

The Attorney General’s FAU was assisted in the investigation and arrest by members of the Louisiana Attorney General’s Investigations Division, West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, New Orleans Police Department and the Housing Authority.

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