Man Accused In Estranged Wife's Death Extradited To SD

Jesus Arteaga Accused In Stabbing Death Of Maribel At Their Chula Vista Home

A man accused of viciously stabbing his estranged wife in front of their two children and escaping to Mexico was brought back to San Diego on Wednesday to face murder charges.

A team of U.S. Marshals paraded Jesus Arteaga in handcuffs through the middle of Lindbergh Field, surrounded by members of San Diego's Fugitive Task Force.

Arteaga and his estranged wife Maribel were in the middle of a nasty divorce when police said Arteaga stabbed her in front of their two young children at their Chula Vista home.

Her sister, Melissa Parra, told 10News reporter Itica Milanes in January that the children watched their mother die.

"They saw everything," said Parra. "My nephew said, 'My dad grabbed my arm. My mom grabbed my other arm and then I saw that my daddy took out a knife and when she turned around, my daddy stabbed her in the back.'"

Maribel Arteaga had just become a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent. She was involved in another relationship and was two months pregnant. Both she and the baby died.

Arteaga escaped to Mexico where relatives helped him hide for 13 months. Mexican police arrested Arteaga in January. His arrest was bittersweet for Parra.

"I miss [Maribel]," she said. "I miss hugging her…There is a void in my heart that no one can fill."

Now, six months later, Arteaga was finally sent back to San Diego.

He is facing two counts of child abuse and two murder charges with special circumstances and is scheduled to be arraigned at the South Bay Courthouse on Thursday.

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