Ray Avila taken into custody in Mexico

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KCAU) – Authorities arrested a Sioux City man who was wanted on a warrant for involuntary manslaughter from a July 2018 fatal assault.

The Sioux City Police Department said in a release that U.S. Marshals arrested Ray Avila, 24. Avila allegedly assaulted Peter Johnson, 31, at the 1100 block of 4th Street on July 29, 2018. Johnson later died from his injuries. 

The U.S. Marshal’s Northern Iowa Fugitive Task Force conducted a fugitive investigation with the assistance of the Sioux City Police Department, South Sioux City Police Department, as well as tips from the community. 

U.S Marshals determined during the investigation that Avila had fled to Mexico by bus after the July assault. INTERPOL Washington issued a Red Notice, which would notify officials if Avila tried to enter another county. U.S. Marshals believed he was hiding in the town of Jalisco, Mexico,, where Avila had family connections. Mexican authorities found Avila Monday night and arrested him. 

Avila will be transported back to Woodbury County to face charges of involuntary manslaughter and assault causing serious injury, with each charge carrying a possible sentence of five years incarceration.

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