Man who murdered U.S. Marine found hiding in Mexico

Perez Medina (left) is accused of murdering PFC Douglas Rivas-Rauda (right) with a handgun outside a strip club in April.

A man accused of murdering a Marine at a strip club in San Bernardino earlier this year was arrested by Mexican authorities on Sunday.

22-year-old Arturo Perez Medina was taken into custody by Mexican Federal Police after he was found hiding in a home in Tijuana.

Medina, a reputed gang member, is accused of murdering Pfc. Douglas Rivas-Rauda, a 20-year-old infantry Marine assigned to Twentynine Palms.

The shooting happened when Rivas-Rauda and other Marines visited the Flesh Club Showgirls strip club on April 17.

Rivas-Rauda, the designated driver, was waiting on this fellow Marines to leave the strip club when Perez Medina approached him and shot him with handgun, according to the LA Times.

Medina and three others fled the scene but police were able to identify them as known San Bernardino gang members.

The three other men were arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit murder.

Perez Medina was returned to San Bernardino following his arrest in Mexico.

In a statement, the San Bernardino Police Department said it hoped Perez Medina’s arrest would in some way bring “some peace and closure to Pfc. Rauda’s friends and family as well as to his Marine Corp family.”

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