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Posted: Saturday, February 23, 2008 12:00 am

Agents with the U.S. Marshals Services arrested a 23-year-old man Wednesday afternoon wanted for a 2004 murder in Corpus Christi.

John Henry Ramirez Jr., who was taken into custody at about noon, had been on the lam from authorities since July 19, 2004. Ramirez, who was on the FBI’s Most Wanted List, is accused of killing a man and stabbing two women.

Corpus Christi police officers found 45-year-old Pablo Castro not breathing and in a pool of blood outside a market in the 1900 block of Baldwin Boulevard in Corpus Christi, according to Ramirez’s bulletin on the FBI’s Most Wanted list.

Ramirez allegedly took $1.25 and Castro’s billfold, the Corpus Christi Caller-Times reported in its online edition Thursday.

“The male victim, who was an employee at the market, had gone outside to throw away the trash, but did not return,” according to the synopsis provided by the FBI. “Reportedly, Ramirez and a female accomplice allegedly assaulted the male victim outside the store.”

Castro died from multiple stab wounds to the head, neck and upper torso. On the same day Castro was stabbed, an aggravated robbery was reported at a nearby restaurant.

“While in the parking lot, a female was approached by Ramirez, who allegedly grabbed and held a knife to her neck,” the FBI reports. “It is also alleged that he demanded money from the victim.”

Ramirez and his female accomplice fled the Corpus Christi area by car, and a second aggravated robbery was reported at another restaurant, according to authorities.

“While stationery at a drive-thru lane, another female victim was approached by Ramirez and his female accomplice,” the FBI reports. “Ramirez allegedly attempted to place a knife at the victim’s throat and demanded her money, but she was able to drive away.”

On July 20, 2004, an arrest warrant was obtained for Ramirez on charges of capital murder and aggravated robbery. A federal arrest warrant was obtained for Ramirez on Aug. 24, 2004, on charges of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

He was being held Wednesday night at the Nueces County Jail on a $1 million bond, which authorities asked to be revoked, the Caller-Times reported.

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