A suspect featured on "America’s Most Wanted" following the 2007 killing of a New Jersey scrapyard owner has been arrested in Guatemala, according to authorities.
Welder “Dario” Morente Dubon, 30, was arrested late in October in San Francisco el Alto by FBI agents and Guatemalan authorities. Prosecutors in New Jersey said that he is suspected of killing 23-year-old Joseph Tremarco at the tire shop where Dubon worked on March 29, 2007.
Prosecutors said that Tremarco, who owned a scrap metal salvage business, went to the shop to make a deal with Dubon and got into some sort of argument. They said that Dubon then beat the 23-year-old to death with some sort of blunt object before putting his body into a pickup truck and abandoning the vehicle on a residential street in North Plainfield.
Tremarco’s body was found the next day, and authorities said that by the time a warrant was issued for Dubon’s arrest, he had fled the country.
Dubon was featured on “America’s Most Wanted” in October 201, and the New Jersey State Police also added the man to its list of most wanted fugitives.
Prosecutors said that authorities had gotten tips about Dubon’s whereabouts multiple times since the killing, but authorities only recently learned that he was living in working in the southwestern portion of the Latin American country.
Tremarco's parents said they were grateful police never gave up on finding their son's killers. They said Tremarco called himself a "scrapaholic" and had been running his own scrap metal business since he was 19 years old.
"When he was abruptly and viciously taken from us 9 years ago, our world crumbled to pieces," said his mother, Deborah Tremarco.
Dubon is expected to be extradited to New Jersey and will face multiple charges, including first-degree murder. It wasn’t immediately clear if he had retained an attorney.