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U.S. Marshals Arrest Suspected S. Fla. Murderer In Ft. Myers

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Felipe Torrealba (Source: Broward Sheriff's Office)

Felipe Torrealba (Source: Broward Sheriff’s Office)

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MIAMI (CBS4) – United States Marshals say they have one of the agency’s 15 Most Wanted Criminals in custody.

Felipe Torrealba was arrested in Fort Myers on Thursday.

Deputy U.S. Marshal Barry Golden tells CBS4 News that Torrealba was found hiding inside a townhouse with two handguns, $15,000 in cash and a wig. Outside the townhouse, a rental car was found with two sets of Texas license plates.

Golden said a tip led them to Torrealba’s location Thursday morning.

Torrealba is wanted in Broward County in connection with a murder investigation and on an outstanding warrant in Miami-Dade for shooting at police officers.

The feds say Torrealba has an extensive “rap” sheet for gun, drugs, and aggravated assault.

He fled from Sweetwater Police during a traffic stop in January by escaping into a canal after a high-speed chase that caused several accidents on Tamiami Trail.

In March, Broward Sheriff’s Detectives identified him as their prime suspect in the murder of a Weston man who was found dead in his SUV.   Broward Detectives say Torrealba knew the victim and had rented his house.

Since that time, police say Torrealba has been on the run, utilizing an extensive network of contacts across Florida and the south to rent him cars, hotel rooms, and to support his life on the run.

Anyone with information is asked to call 877-WANTED2.

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