Visalia Police cracked a homicide case that happened more than a decade ago. Detectives captured their suspect 1,800 miles away in Mexico.
Andres Espindola may have thought he had gotten away for good, but 11 years after Visalia Police said he killed Raymond Randle Sr., investigators tracked down the accused killer in Mexico.
“A homicide investigation never stops,” said Visalia Police Sergeant Daniel Ford. “We never close a homicide investigation until it’s solved.”
Visalia Police said on the afternoon of January 14, 2006, Espindola was arguing with several people on N.E. 2nd in the city of Visalia. Police said Randle intervened and Espindola grabbed a knife out of his car and stabbed Randle.
Randle was taken to Kaweah Delta Hospital where he died. Six days later, police got an arrest warrant for Espindola but he had already fled to Mexico.
“We had some general areas where we believed him to be however we weren’t able to confirm that,” said Sgt. Ford. “Because of this, we requested the assistance of the FBI.”
The case sat cold for 11 years until May 2017 when the FBI helped detectives find Espindola in Colima, Mexico. He was arrested Thursday and on Saturday, he was flown back to the U.S. through the Yosemite International Airport.
Now, he’s sitting in Tulare County Jail on a homicide warrant.