Suspect in New York soccer coach’s murder flees to Mexico

Raquel Erhard – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

New York, NY, United States (4E) – A 32-year-old man who allegedly murdered and mutilated a New York youth soccer coach Sunday has escaped to Mexico Tuesday.

The New York Police Department reported that they identified the suspect, Orlando Orea, around 15 hours before he boarded the plane that took him to Mexico.

Orea is also known as Orlando Gutierrez and Orlando Estevas.

After discovering his name, they immediately issued a no-fly list, but he had already left for a last minute flight from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport to Mexico.

Michael Jones, 25, who was brutally stabbed several times in the chest and neck in an attack that severed his ear, was left to die in the sidewalk near Union Square early Sunday.

Officials said that mistaken identity could be the cause of the assault and investigation are looking in a quarrel over a woman at a bar near the crime scene.

The suspect possibly mistook Jones for the person he argued with.

Surveillance footage revealed Jones strolling near his attacker before the incident occurred. It also showed a pony-tailed man, estimated to be between 25 and 30 years old, walking away from the scene.

Jones, came to New York from Liverpool in 2008 after being employed as coach with the Red Bulls youth training program.

Mexico has an extradition treaty with the U.S. in circumstances in which a death penalty is not involved, that would not be the case in New York State.

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