DALLAS, Texas — An accused Dallas serial killer has been apprehended in a small desert village in Mexico after more than 20 years on the run.

Dallas police say 42-year-old Jose Sifuentes committed three capital murder offenses in Dallas over the course of five years, between 1998 and 2003. The crimes, according to police, were sexually motivated.

In connection with a 2003 investigation into the murder of a Hispanic female, police say Sifuentes confessed to her murder, was arrested, but posted bond and fled to Mexico before trial.

During his arrest, police collected a DNA sample and submitted for comparison and analysis — linking Sifuentes to the February 15, 1998 murder of 20-year-old Maria de Lourdes Perales in the 6100 block of Santa Fe Avenue; the June 27, 1998 murder of 23-year-old Erica Oliva Hernandez in the 11200 block of Harry Hines Boulevard; and the May 16, 2003 murder of 27-year-old Veronica Hernandez in the 1200 block of Murdock Road.

Capture and Extradition

In 2016, the Dallas Police Department and Dallas County District Attorney's Office applied for a provisional arrest warrant with the U.S. Department of Justice — giving them the authority and means to search for Sifuentes, who was now also wanted on a federal charge for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution, in other jurisdictions.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation joined in the search for Sifuentes which led authorities to San Vincente de Gonzalez, Nuevo Leon, Mexico — a small desert village approximately three hours south of Monterrey.

There, Sifuentes was detained by the Fiscalia General de la Republica (FGR) Interpol on April 25, 2019, and taken to Mexico City for extradition proceedings. Sifuentes was then escorted by two agents with the FBI’s Legal Attaché Office (Legat) in Mexico City to the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport on January 8, 2020, and transferred into the custody of the Dallas Police Department.

In an interview with Dallas Police Department Special Investigation Unit detectives on Wednesday, police say Sifuentes admitted to his involvement in all three murders.

Sifuentes is being held at the Dallas County Jail on one count of murder with an insufficient bond and two counts of capital murder with $250,000 bonds each.