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Search for suspects in Medina, Nueces County slayings ends in SA

John Mendoza Jr., Kristopher Sanchez arrested on city's South Side

SAN ANTONIO – Murder suspects John Mendoza Jr., 35, and Kristopher Sanchez, 34, are being held in the Medina County Jail following their arrests in San Antonio on Tuesday night by a coalition of law enforcement agencies.

Both men became fugitives earlier this month after the discovery of two burned bodies in corn fields and the arrest of a woman in connection with the case. 

The remains of Traci Lynn Lemley were found in Medina County on June 8, while the body of Jeremy Carrico was discovered in Nueces County on June 17.

Loribeth Martinez, 23, turned herself in to Medina County Sheriff's Office detectives on Saturday.

After Martinez surrendered, arrest warrants were issued for Mendoza and Sanchez.

According to a news release from the U. S. Marshal's Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, investigators developed leads and began watching an apartment in the 700 block of Cantrell Drive on San Antonio's South side.

On Tuesday night, task force members spotted Sanchez leaving the apartment and getting into a car with two other people. San Antonio police officers then followed the car, stopped it and took Sanchez into custody without incident, the release stated.

Mendoza was stopped by task force members as he left the apartment and walked toward a car.

Authorities are still trying to determine which jurisdiction will bring charges against the three suspects. 

Investigators previously said they believe the couple was killed inside Martinez's apartment on Austin Highway in San Antonio. Their bodies were then dumped in the counties where they were found.

Officials said it appears the motives for the murders include drugs, gang activity and jealousy. Mendoza and Sanchez are believed to be members of the Mexican Mafia.


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