This weekend, US Marshals made a breakthrough in a gruesome double-murder case from 2013.
After making three arrests in the case, there was one suspect still on the run.
Now the woman accused of hiding the suspects is behind bars.
US Marshals say they worked very closely with authorities in Mexico to get this woman behind bars, adding that even though three arrests have already been made in the case, this was the missing and final piece to this puzzle.
"We have outstanding relationships with our Mexican counterparts, so were constantly exchanging information of people obviously that we're looking for down there and people that they're looking for, so we work with them on a daily basis,” said Matt Hershey, assistant chief deputy with the US Marshal Service. “They were aware of the fact that she was wanted, and through a coordinated effort with our folks here they were able to locate her down there."
Two and a half years after a deadly stabbing in Phoenix, authorities finally made the arrest they've been waiting for. Lovonne de-la-Luz-Ruiz, a mother suspected of hindering prosecution, was found in Mexico.
"Ms. Luz-Ruiz had helped her children flee the Phoenix area in May 2013 after they had brutally killed two Burmese refugees and took them to Mexico and helped them hide to avoid arrest," Hershey said.
According to police, an altercation between Luz-Ruiz's children, Daniela and Michael Stone, and their friend, Cassandra Devore, and two refugees broke out and led to the brutal murders. The three were arrested shortly after Luz-Ruiz brought them to Mexico, but she was still on the run…until now.
"This is also a good example of the fact that if you are going to assist someone that is wanted you should expect that you could face charges as well,” said Hershey. “I mean, it's not, granted that those wanted for the homicide have already been arrested, convicted and are serving prison sentences, but anybody that helped them evade detection, even for a day, should expect that they could face charges as well."
After a lengthy, joint investigation by US and Mexican authorities, Luz-Ruiz was booked into the Santa Cruz County jail where she currently awaits transportation back to Maricopa County.