Man Wanted for Murder in El Salvador Arrested in Broward

A man wanted by Interpol for murder in El Salvador was taken into custody during a traffic stop in Broward County, authorities said.

Carlos Ernesto Lozano Rodriguez, 26, was spotted by a Broward Sheriff’s Office deputy “impeding the flow of traffic” in the area of West McNab Road and Northwest 70th Avenue on Monday and pulled him over, BSO officials said.

Rodriguez told the deputy he didn’t have a Florida driver’s license but handed over an El Salvador passport. When the deputy entered his name in the national crime database, he discovered Rodriguez was wanted on a homicide warrant and was in the United States illegally, officials said.

The deputy tried to take Rodriguez into custody, but he started resisting and refused to get into the deputy’s patrol car, officials said. A Sunrise Police officer who was passing by stopped and help the deputy take take him into custody.

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Interpol said Rodriguez was armed and dangerous and a documented gang member, officials said. He had also been deported in 2015 and paid $10,000 for illegal re-entry to the U.S., officials said.

Rodriguez was later taken into custody by U.S. Border Patrol agents.