Suspect in slaying of Balcones Heights officer back in SA

Jerry Idrogo, 33, facing murder charges in death of Ofc. Julian Pesina

SAN ANTONIO – A man arrested in connection with the murder of Balcones Heights Police Officer Julian Pesina arrived in San Antonio late Tuesday night after his extradition from an Ohio jail.

Jerry Idrogo, 33, was taken into custody on Aug. 29 in Toledo, Ohio. He remained jailed without bond until he was transported to the Bexar County Magistrate's Office just before midnight.

Idrogo is accused of taking part in Pesina's slaying on the night of May 4. Pesina was gunned down outside his tattoo parlor by two men and Idrogo was accused of being the getaway driver, according to an arrest affidavit.

Authorities have not said who the shooters were or announced other arrests related to the case.

A murder warrant for Idrogo sparked a cross-country, multi-agency search that began with the Bexar County Sheriff's Office Fugitive Apprehension Unit.

"We began using all available resources in the best places to try to track him down," said Tammy Burr, deputy chief of the Judicial and Court Services Division of the Bexar County Sheriff's Office. "We contacted the right people who finally broke and told us his whereabouts."

The Sheriff's Office passed the information to the San Antonio Police Department and the FBI who traced Idrogo to his grandmother's Toledo home.

But investigators had already started connecting the dots between Pesina and Idrogo, though they may not have known it at the time.

According to the affidavit, on May 1, three days before Pesina's murder, law enforcement agents obtained and executed a search warrant at Idrogo's last known address - a home in the 1800 block of West Travis Street.

Inside investigators found a ledger with Pesina's name, address, phone number and nickname under the heading "North Roster." The affidavit says the roster listed persons with ties to the Mexican Mafia.

During the search, investigators also found what police later determined to be the getaway car Idrogo allegedly drove the night of Pesina's murder parked outside the home.

Three weeks later, the same car was found at a South Side motel. A subsequent search uncovered gunshot residue particles all over the vehicle.

Authorities have never disclosed a motive, however, law enforcement sources confirmed to KSAT that Pesina had ties to the Mexican Mafia and his slaying was linked to the gang.

KSAT also reported Pesina had posted several pictures of himself online that show he had tattoos often affiliated with the gang. Idrogo is facing a murder charge.

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