Jose Alberto Deleon "Chino" Cazares (mug shot JPD)

A murder suspect who has been on the run from authorities in Joplin for over four years and has been featured twice on America's Most Wanted has been captured in Texas.

Jose Alberto Deleon Cazares, 25, who was wanted in connection to the July 14, 2006, murder of 30 year-old Joshua Olson of Duenweg was taken into custody in Brownsville, Texas, on Monday.

Detectives say that Olson and a friend went searching for Jose Deleon Alberto-Cazares, who goes by the street name "Chino," and his brother Gerardo Cazares Jr., who is known as "Jerry," because Olson believed they stole the rims off of his vehicle on July 14, 2006.

Their search led them to S. Pearl Avenue in Joplin where investigators say an "argument got heated between Olson and the Cazares brothers."  According to authorities, to avoid further conflict, "Josh turned away and walked to his car." Enraged, Jose Cazares followed Olson to his car where he allegedly shot him in the head.

officers responding to a shot's fired call found Olson lying behind a house at 1617 S. Pearl Avenue. He was pronounced dead a short time later at a Joplin hospital.

A man who lived in the neighborhood told investigators that he heard three people yelling at each other in Spanish and then someone yelling in English several times...“Get off my property.” The man then heard a gun shot followed by a softer voice repeating: “Oh, my God. Oh, my God.”

Detective Mike Hobson says that investigators initially hit some stumbling blocks in the beginning of their probe into Olson's murder. The friend who accompanied Olson to the Cazares brothers house didn't want to identify the alleged shooter because "he wanted to take matters into his own hands and avenge his friends death."


Joplin Police Public Information Officer Lt. Brian Lewis

Lt. Brian Lewis says Cazares has numerous aunts and uncles who live in Brownsville, Texas, and authorities always believed that he was traveling back and forth between the border town and Matamoras, Mexico. According to Lewis, "An anonymous tip phoned in to authorities in Cameron County led to deputies finding Cazares hiding in the closet at a relatives home."
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Casares, who is charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action, is being held in the Cameron County jail pending extradition back to Jasper County.

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