United States Marshals, with assistance from law enforcement agencies in Delta and Montrose counties, arrested an El Paso County homicide suspect Saturday in Eckert.

The U.S. Marshals Service identified the suspect as John Barrera and said although the arrest warrant was recently issued, the alleged homicide occurred in 2018.

Authorities in El Paso County could not be reached for further information about the case.

According to Acting Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal for the District of Colorado Katrina Crouse, the agency received a tip that Barrera was possibly living in Eckert.

A task force of deputies from the Delta County Sheriff’s Office, the Montrose County Sheriff’s Office High Impact Target Team and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation assisted the U.S. Marshals in locating Barrera, who was arrested after he left his house in Eckert.

The Colorado Department of Corrections Fugitive Unit also provided crucial assistance in the investigation, Crouse said.

The Montrose Police Department had received information that Barrera was possibly in the area and passed that information along. The MCSO HIT Team, whose members are deputized as U.S. Marshals, assisted Delta County Sheriff’s Office and the others in making the arrest.

Further information is pending.

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