One of two men who is accused of opening fire inside a crowded bar in Kansas City, Kansas, killing four people and wounding five others, has been captured in Mexico, authorities said Thursday.
Authorities have been searching for Hugo Villanueva-Morales, 29, since the shooting at the Tequila KC bar on Oct. 6. Kansas City, Kansas, police spokesman Jonathan Westbook said he was arrested Wednesday in Mexico but did not immediately release further details about the arrest.
Villanueva-Morales and Javier Alatorre, 23, are suspects in the Oct. 6 shooting at a Tequila KC bar. Alatorre was arrested shortly after the shooting. Both men are charged with four counts of first-degree murder, with bond set at $1 million each.
Police have said the shooting apparently stemmed from an earlier dispute inside the bar, prompting the two men to return to the bar with handguns and start shooting. Officers had responded to reports of a disturbance at a bar two hours before a shooting.
All four men who died were Hispanic but authorities did not believe the shooting was racially motivated. The bar is in a neighborhood with a largely Hispanic population.
At the time of the shooting, Villanueva-Morales was facing a pending third-degree assault charge in Missouri. Court documents say he fought with a sheriff's deputy in August after another man was ordered to leave a club in Kansas City, Missouri. Alatorre, meanwhile, faced several charges stemming from a police chase. An order of protection also was issued against him in 2017.
Both suspects are convicted felons. Villanueva-Morales had been caught with synthetic marijuana while serving more than four years in a state prison for robbery and was released when he was sentenced for trafficking contraband. The judge could have sent him back to prison for nine years but instead put him on three years' probation.
Villanueva-Morales violated probation by testing positive for marijuana use in September and agreed to serve two days in jail, according to a review of court records by AP. He left the jail in neighboring Leavenworth County on Sept. 29, a week before the bar shooting.
Alatorre also had been released from jail in September in nearby Jackson County, Missouri, where he still faces charges of fleeing from police in a stolen vehicle. A judge released him on his own recognizance.
Villanueva-Morales also was facing charges in an assault case in which prosecutors allege he fought with a sheriff's deputy outside a Kansas City, Missouri, bar in August. Charging documents say the scuffle happened after an unknown man was kicked out of the bar and returned later with Villanueva-Morales.