Greenbelt homicide suspect may have fled to Mexico -- Gazette.Net



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The search for a man wanted in connection to Greenbelt’s first homicide since 2010 has gone international as Greenbelt Police Department believe the fugitive has fled to Mexico, police said.

Police said they believe Juan Miguel Roman, 34, of Greenbelt and also known as Juan Miguel Roman Balderas, fled to Mexico after he allegedly killed his girlfriend, Emilia Arabelly Ignacio, 28, of Greenbelt. George Mathews, Greenbelt police spokesman, said police have enlisted the help of U.S. Marshals to locate Roman, but he wouldn’t comment on why they believe Roman fled to Mexico.

Ignacio was last seen on April 21 and was reported missing by her family on April 23 after they had not heard from her or Roman, police said.

Police believed Ignacio to be in danger based on text messages sent from Roman to Ignacio’s family, Mathews said. He said the “finality” of the text messages put police on notice, and those worries came true when police found Ignacio dead on April 25 in the area of Frankfort Drive and Frankfort Court with multiple stab wounds in her upper torso. Her body was found in a 2007 Nissan Altima, one of the two vehicles police believed Roman could have been driving.

Anyone with information related to this crime or who know the whereabouts of Roman are urged to contact Greenbelt Police Department at 240-542-2133.

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