Police arrest Joaquin Cibrian's murder accomplice


POSTED: Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 4:55pm

UPDATED: Friday, July 25, 2014 - 9:02am

Edinburg police have arrested a second person in connection to the murder of a Mexican national.

Alicia Vasquez, 19, was arrested on Tuesday following the standoff in La Joya involving Joaquin Cibrian. 

Cibrian was wanted for capital murder in the death of Gerardo Omar Melendez-Verdin, the 19-year-old Mexican national whose decomposing body was found behind a vacant home in Edinburg last week.

According to the affidavit, the victim exchanged several calls and text messages with Cibrian on Sunday, July 13, just a few days before Melendez-Verdin's body was discovered.

The text messages reportedly contained slang terms used by narcotics traffickers.

That afternoon, Melendez-Verdin met with Cibrian and an unknown female later identified as Alicia Vasquez. The victim met with the two suspects at a Stripes convenience store just a few blocks from where his body was found.

Melendez-Verdin met for the purpose of doing a drug transaction--he was carrying a men's shoulder strap purse which contained a significant amount of cocaine.

The victim entered a vehicle occupied by Cibrian and Vasquez and the vehicle immediately drove away.

Melendez-Verdin's body was discovered a few days later on Wednesday, July 16. Investigators found the victim's cell phone but not the bag of cocaine.

An autopsy revealed that the victim died from a gunshot to the back of the head. Cibrian and Vasquez are suspected of forcibly taking the cocaine that the vicitm had in his possession before subseuqnetly shooting and killing him.

Edinburg police issued an arrest warrant for Cibrian on Monday, July 21. The next day, Edinburg police officers attempted to serve an arrest warrant at a residence in La Joya when Cibrian fired shots and injured two officers, spurring a four-hour standoff that resulted in his death.

Vasquez was arrested the night of the shooting. She provided a statement that implicated herself as being involved with the capital murder that Cibrian was also involved in.

According to the affidavit, Vasquez drove Cibrian and the victim from the Stripes convenience store and also drove Cibrian away from the crime scene. Additionally, she helped disguise Cibrian's vehicle and furthermore assisted Cibrian in avoiding arrest by harboring him in a residence in La Joya, the same location of the police standoff on Tuesday.

Vasquez was charged with capital murder and given a $1 million bond.

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