Suspect arrested in Midland County murder investigation

Suspect arrested in Midland County murder investigation

Man accused of killing two people in Midland County extradited

MIDLAND, TX (KWES) -Midland County Sheriffs Offices has arrested a man wanted in connection with the disappearance of two young people from Puerto Rico.

Angel Luis Lebron-Rivera, 41, was in custody in the Dominacn Republic on charge of kidnapping. He has since been transported to the Midland County Jail.

He was delivered to the Midland County Jail by Midland County Deputies and the United States Marshals Office. They also received assistance from the Aircraft Division of Texas DPS.

MIDLAND COUNTY — A man is now in custody in connection to the deaths of two young people whose bodies were found buried in a pit earlier this year.

Angel Luis Lebron-Rivera, 40, is facing murder charges for the deaths of Ashley Cruz-Rodriguez and John Iglesia-Alvarez.

Rivera was identified as the suspect in the case in June and warrants were issued for his arrest. He was eventually found in the Dominican Republic and has since been extradited back to Midland County.

Sheriff Gary Painter says that they will be recommending that Rivera face the death penalty for his crimes.____

Two bodies that were discovered in a pit in Midland County have now been identified as being those of two people who were reported as missing in 2015.

According to the Midland County Sheriffs Office, the bodies were positively identified as Ashley Cruz-Rodriguez and John Iglesia-Alvarez, both from Puerto Rico, on Tuesday.

In October 24, 2015 the sheriffs office was called by relatives of Rodriguez and Alvarez who said that they hadnt heard anything from them and were worried that something had happened.

The sheriffs office then learned that the two were staying with a man identified as Angel Luis Lebron-Rivera, 40, who was also from Puerto Rico and lived at 3900 South County Road 1200.

Deputies went to Riveras home and searched for Rodriguez and Alvarez but were unable to find anything. When they questioned Rivera he reportedly told the deputies he didnt know where they were and was evasive when answering questions.

It was then learned that Rivera had a federal warrant for his arrest for a separate case and he was taken into custody.

At the end of January the sheriffs office received a tip that led deputies, the Texas Rangers and the F.B.I. to a tree farm just south of I-20 in Midland County.

A search of the area eventually found the remains of two people who had died from gunshot wounds to the back of the head.

Arrest warrants have now been issued for Rivera who is no longer in the country and is considered to be armed and dangerous.


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