Detectives make arrest in Placerville cold case murder

SACRAMENTO - A Placerville murder suspect has been caught 22 years after the crime.

Lt. Kim Nida said an arrest warrant was issued in 1992 for Jorge Luis Ponce Barajas, wanted in the 1992 murder of 23-year-old Inez Castaneda. Castaneda was fatally shot on the 3000 block of Airport Road in Placerville.

Barajeas, now 40, was arrested in Richmond last Friday. Nida said detectives suspected Barajas fled to Mexico after the shooting.

Barajas was booked into El Dorado County Jail on a no-bail hold.


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