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Suspect in Oregon homicide arrested in Whatcom County

A man sought by Salem, Ore., police in connection with a deadly shooting was arrested Tuesday, Sept. 20, on the Whatcom County side of the Peace Arch border crossing.

Salem police spokesman Lt. Dave Okada said arrangements are being made to return 22-year-old Cristian Acosta to Oregon.

Police had been looking for Acosta since his 20-year-old ex-girlfriend, Lucia Pamatz, was found dead Monday afternoon at her Salem apartment.

Officers discovered the woman after responding to reports of multiple gunshots fired at the apartment complex where she lived, according to the Statesman Journal newspaper in Salem.

Acosta remained at large until he arrived at the Blaine border crossing early Tuesday, said Whatcom County Undersheriff Jeff Parks. He was stopped by federal authorities around 1:25 a.m. and turned over to county authorities. Sheriff’s deputies booked him into the Whatcom County Jail, where bail was set at $1 million.

Acosta pleaded guilty to fourth-degree assault charges in August, stating in his plea deal he had physically assaulted Pamatz. Police say he also left threatening messages on her cellphone.

The Bellingham Herald reporter Caleb Hutton contributed to this report: 360-715-2276, @bhamcaleb

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