January 30, 2011 / 1:53 AM / 9 years ago

Three Mexican murder suspects turn themselves in

PHOENIX (Reuters) - Three Mexican men wanted for murdering a U.S. teenager turned themselves in at an Arizona border crossing point on Saturday, U.S. border officials said.

Orel Vasquez, 20, Christian Vasquez, 26, and Juan Leon, 29, approached a border crossing point at Nogales, Arizona and told U.S. officers they were wanted for arrest in the U.S. and were turning themselves in.

U.S. officials checked their crime database and confirmed that the men were wanted for a 2009 murder in Tucson. They were taken into custody, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency said.

According to America’s Most Wanted website, the three men were wanted for the murder of 15-year-old Brenda Arenas, who was shot in the head during a botched carjacking in Tucson on August 5, 2009. She died in her mother’s arms soon after the attack. Her 3-year-old sister watched the crime from the backseat of the car, the website said.

None of the men had papers to legally enter the United States. A U.S. official said it is rare for people to turn themselves in at a border point. It was not immediately clear why the three men did so.

Writing by Greg McCune, Editing by Dan Whitcomb and Tim Gaynor

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