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Authorities capture Mexican national suspected of killing debtor for paying with 'Star Wars' figures

Pablo Christian Larumbe Rojas was captured in California and handed over to Mexican law enforcement officials.
By Evan Bleier   |   June 18, 2014 at 2:18 PM   |   Comments

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY , Calif., June 18 (UPI) -- A Mexican national who was wanted on suspicion of kidnapping and murder was turned over to the Mexican Attorney General's Office on Tuesday after being captured in California.

Pablo Christian Larumbe Rojas allegedly killed a man who attempted to pay off a debt he owed with Star Wars action figures in September 2010. The 34-year-old suspect was captured in Contra Costa County, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials.

Carlos Palomares Maldonado, "purportedly owed the suspect's criminal confederates roughly $3,000," and he attempted to pay off the debt by "trading his extensive collection of Star Wars action figures, which were worth more than the amount he owed."

Maldonado reportedly went to Larumbe Rojas' home and never returned. Later, his body was found with people who implicated Rojas in the killing.

"The so-called 'force' was definitely not with Mr. Larumbe during his capture and subsequent removal to Mexico," said San Francisco ICE field office director Timothy Aitken. "This fugitive's arrest and repatriation are the direct result of the ongoing cooperation between U.S. law enforcement and our Mexican counterparts. Violent criminals who believe they can evade justice by fleeing to the U.S. should be on notice they will find no refuge here."

Larumbe Rojas entered the U.S. in 2011 on a six-month visitor visa.

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