A Cuban national was arrested on charges he killed and dismembered a 17-year-old girl in this Mexican border city, authorities said.
Henry Jose Puentes, a musician who settled in Tijuana a few months ago after his deportation from the United States, was picked up Wednesday, Baja California state prosecutor Abel Galvan said.
Itzel Jaqueline Fontes Ortiz, who made a living selling bread on the street, was reported missing by her family last Friday, the prosecutor said.
Police found her dismembered body on Tuesday in a drain in the neighborhood where both she and Puentes lived.
The investigation quickly led to the Cuban, who was arrested in an area near the U.S. border frequented by drug smugglers and human traffickers. Puentes confessed to having killed Fontes, who was deaf and unable to speak, after she rejected his sexual advances, Galvan said.
A search of Puentes’ home also turned up bits of the victim’s skin and the axe used to cut up her body.