Police Arrest Man Wanted By FBI For Allegedly Killing Columbus Mother


UPDATED: Wednesday November 13, 2013 11:59 PM

Columbus police tell 10TV a murder suspect on the run for more than a year has been arrested in Janesville, Wisconsin.

Sar I is accused of killing Claudia Lopez Escobar in March of 2012.

Escobar, 29, had no family in Columbus but left behind two sons in Mexico. She worked to send money to them every other week.

Escobar was reported missing after she never showed up for work at American Corrugated Products, where she worked with Sar I, a forklift operator.

Police spent days removing evidence from Sar I's apartment, including blood that detectives say matched Lopez Escobar's DNA.

Columbus police detectives said  Sar I purchased cleaning supplies, trash bags, plastic gloves and a reciprocating saw in the hours after Escobar was believed to be murdered.

Sar I was on the FBI's wanted list for violent crimes.

Police said authorities in Janesville got a tip a few weeks ago, and then started doing surveillance within a Cambodian community in that town.

Sources tell 10TV's Chuck Strickler that Sar I was apprehended in a vehicle and told officers he had been using several different names.

Detectives say through his fingerprints - they were able to positively identify him.

Friends say they hope the arrest can help answer questions about what happened to Escobar.

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