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Okanogan Co. murder suspect arrested in Calif.

Mon., Sept. 12, 2011, 11:31 a.m.

A man wanted for murder in Okanogan County was arrested in California on Saturday, authorities announced today.

Nicolas Perez-Patistan, 25 of Brewster, Wash., is believed to be involved in the robbery and fatal beating of Carlos Porras-Trujillo, 37, on July 17 in Brewster, according to the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office. Porras-Trujillo was beaten over the head with a club and his body dumped in an orchard, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Investigators learned Perez-Patistan had fled to Fresno, where he had previously lived. The Sheriff’s Office contacted the U.S. Marshals Service fugitive task force, and the suspect was arrested on a second-degree murder charge with the help of the Fresno Police Department.

Perez-Patistan claims to belong to a gang in Fresno.

Porras-Trujillo had previously lived in the Fresno area. He is survived by wife and children in Mexico, said Frank Rogers, Okanogan County sheriff.



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