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Published on June 02, 2024
Suspect Arrested in Mexico for New Year's Day Homicide in Mt. Angel, OregonSource: Marion Co. Sheriff's Office

A suspect has been detained for the New Year's Day slaying of a man in Mt. Angel, Oregon, authorities disclosed. The Marion County Sheriff's Office announced the arrest made in connection with the death of 42-year-old Brandon Slack, who was found shot early on the morning of January 1. Despite efforts by law enforcement and emergency personnel to save him, Slack succumbed to his injuries at the scene on Pershing Street near Marquam Street, as reported by KGW.

The suspect, identified as Barocio, evaded initial capture but was subsequently apprehended in Mexico, a fact disclosed by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. The arrest was facilitated by the collaborative efforts of the U.S. Marshals and other law enforcement agencies. This developed braking in the case was shared by KOIN, who noted the sheriff's appreciation for the assistance provided during the investigation.

An arrest warrant had listed first-degree murder among the charges faced by Barocio. Details regarding the circumstances that led to Barocio's identification as the primary suspect and his subsequent arrest have remained scarce. As of yet, no further commentary on the unfolding of the arrest in Mexico has been offered by authorities, according to KPTP.

The tight-lipped manner in which this case has been handled suggests a complex web of investigative maneuvers. The community of Mt. Angel, while relieved at news of the arrest, awaits further elucidation of the events that led to the tragic loss of Brandon Slack, whose untimely death casted a pall over the New Year's celebrations and whose memory drags now through the long passages of the criminal justice system.