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Suspect in 2014 Ceres homicide apprehended at the border
Eric Sanchez-Padilla turned over to police by Mexican authorities
Eric Sanchez-Padilla
Eric Sanchez-Padilla is in the Stanislaus County Jail to face murder charges in connection with the deadly shooting of Derrick Farrow. - photo by Contributed by Ceres Police Department

One of the suspects in a murder committed at a Ceres bar on Dec. 26, 2014 was apprehended at the Mexican border this week, Ceres Police announced.

The Ceres Police Department was notified that Eric Sanchez-Padilla, 23, was detained at the Calexio-West port of entry at the U.S./Mexico border on Aug. 14. At approximately 9:30 a.m. Sanchez-Padilla was escorted to the pedestrian facility by Mexican officials where he was turned over to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers. A query of Sanchez-Padilla’s fingerprints tipped off Mexican officials to the outstanding Ceres Police Department homicide warrant. CBP officers contacted the Ceres Police Department which made arrangements to transport Sanchez-Padilla back to Stanislaus County. He was booked into the Stanislaus County Jail on Wednesday for the outstanding homicide warrant.

The arrest concludes a three-year manhunt for the fugitive wanted in connection to the homicide of Derrick Farrow at Runaround Sue’s bar on Mitchell Road in Ceres. Farrow, 33, of Ceres, was shot to death outside Runaround Sue’s Bar the day after Christmas in 2014 following a fight that started inside.

One suspect, Luis Emeterio Martinez, remains outstanding. Others arrested were Richard Isaac Monroy, Edgar Alvarez, Richard Anthony Palomares, Jesus Prudente Ramirez, Gabriel Enrique Gallardo and John Carlos Aguilera Jr.

All three also face or are facing charges of participating in a criminal street gang.

The investigation is ongoing.