Alleged SEPTA Worker Murderer Nabbed in South America

Alleged Killer Caught

By Vince Lattanzio
|  Friday, Aug 9, 2013  |  Updated 3:17 PM EDT
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Alleged SEPTA Worker Murderer Nabbed in Honduras

Philadelphia Police

A Philadelphia Police mugshot of Miguel Gonzalez. The 38-year-old was charged with the murder of a SEPTA worker. He fled the country and was captured in Honduras.

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A man wanted in connection for the murder of a SEPTA trolley operator last May has returned to Philadelphia after being caught in South America.

Miguel Gonzalez, 38, was nabbed by the FBI's Fugitive Task Force in Corinto Omoa Cortes, Honduras, near the border with Guatemala on Thursday. He was brought back to Philadelphia and turned over to Philadelphia Police's Homicide Unit, accoridng to police.

Gonzalez was wanted for the May 31, 2012 murder of Aaron Hayes along the 7100 block of Elmwood Avenue in the Southwest Philadelphia section of the city.

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Police say Hayes, 52, was getting into his van to head into work at SEPTA's Elmwood and Island Avenue station around 5 a.m. that Thursday when he was shot in the back of the head, neck and arm. He was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and later died.

Officials have charged Gonzalez with several crimes including murder, criminal conspiracy and violation of the uniform firearms act.

His alleged co-conspirator, 56-year-old Desiree Arnett Hicks, was arrested last July and charged with Hayes' murder.

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