A 24-year-old man wanted in Central America on a murder charge was captured Thursday after a traffic stop near Baton Rouge.
Livingston Parish authorities said they encountered Jose Isaias Coto Portillo during a traffic stop, and when they checked his name, they found he was wanted in connection with a murder in El Salvador.
Parish authorities then contacted the Homeland Security Investigations section of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, agency spokesman Bryan Cox said.
Cox said federal agents took Coto into custody because he lacked legal permission to be in the United States and was a fugitive. Possible next steps are unclear, but he could be deported due to his illegal immigration status or be extradited by El Salvador’s government in connection with the murder.
Interpol’s website shows the agency had issued a so-called red notice for Coto, which meant he was wanted on what amounts to an international arrest warrant.
The Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office declined to comment on the case, but it is likely that whoever stopped Coto and ran his name would have seen the red notice.
Specifics about the murder accusation against Coto weren’t immediately available.