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November 1, 2013

Puerto Rican murder suspect arrested in Lawrence

LAWRENCE - Police and U.S. Marshals arrested a Bernard Avenue man wanted for a 2005 murder in Puerto Rico.

Jose Garcia-Cordero, 33, of 110 Bernard Ave., was arrested and charged as a fugitive from justice at 10:30 on Thursday morning, according to police records.

Garcia-Cordero is wanted for the 2005 beating of a man in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. He's accused of beating the man to death with a 2 by 4 foot piece of wood, according to information provided by the U.S. Marshals' office in Boston.

A homicide warrant for Garcia-Cordero was issued in 2008, according to the U.S. Marshals.

U.S. Marshals and Lawrence police went to the Bernard Avenue residence looking for Garcia Cordero after authorities in Puerto Rico were told he was living in the city.

"It is believed that Garcia-Cordero moved to the Lawrence area shortly after the homicide," according to a statement released by the U.S. Marshals.

Bernard Avenue is located off Water Street in Lawrence.

Garcia-Cordero was booked at the Lawrence Police Depatrment and is now in the custody of U.S. Marshals awaiting transport to Puerto Rico.

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