FBI: Jail escapee charged in NC’s deputy’s death captured in Mexico

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY, Va. — A multi-country search for an inmate charged with murdering a North Carolina deputy has come to an end.

Alder Marin-Sotelo was taken into custody by authorities in Guerrero, Mexico just after 1 p.m. Thursday, according to the FBI. The agency said it is still investigating Marin-Sotelo’s movements since his escape from the Piedmont Regional Jail in Virginia.

Channel 9′s Dave Faherty was in Burke County last August when Alder Marin-Sotelo and his brother were arrested and charged with the murder of Wake County Deputy Ned Byrd. Byrd was killed last summer in Raleigh.

On Thursday, Faherty tracked down the troopers who made that 2022 arrest and asked what they were doing to get Marin-Sotelo back in custody.

There are 1,500 state troopers in North Carolina. Faherty found out Thursday all of them were on alert looking for Marin-Sotelo and the car he may have been driving.

On Tuesday, the FBI said it found that car that morning in Eagle Pass, Texas. An officer with the Eagle Pass Police Department spotted it and confirmed it to be the getaway car, the FBI said.

Last year, Channel 9 covered the arrest of Alder Marin-Sotelo and his brother, Arturo, in Morganton along Interstate 40.


Now, Alder Marin-Sotelo and Bruce Carroll Callahan are accused of escaping the Piedmont Regional Jail in Farmfield, Virginia -- more than 2,400 miles away from where Marin-Sotelo was captured. Authorities believe Marin-Sotelo got help from his sister and was possibly driving a 2003 red or burgundy Ford Mustang that was left in a parking lot near the jail.

On Wednesday, the FBI shared photos of Alder Marin-Sotelo on a video call within hours of his escape. The agency also said a combined reward of $70,000 was being offered for his capture. It’s unknown at this time if that money has been awarded.

Earlier Thursday, Faherty spoke with Sgt. Aaron Johnson in Burke County who, with the help of federal authorities, arrested Marin-Sotelo and his brother in Burke County last year. He and state troopers were once again looking for Alder Marin-Sotelo and that car.

“Well it’s an extremely dangerous situation, and the apprehension will most likely be dangerous considering all the facts and what he’s wanted for,” Johnson said.

The FBI used some of the same words, saying he was considered “extremely dangerous.”

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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