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Border patrol arrests man at US-Mexico border wanted for shooting man in Winthrop Harbor

South Texas Laredo Border Patrol Vehicle at the Border | Photo: Donna Burton / Flickr.

A man wanted for shooting another man in Winthrop Harbor last week and trying to flee into Mexico was captured by border patrol in Texas, police said.

The Winthrop Harbor Police Department and Winthrop Harbor Fire Department responded around 7:30 p.m. May 17 to Landon Avenue and 9th Street for a report of a shooting.

Winthrop Harbor Deputy Police Chief Edward Mohn said that a male offender shot another male adult in the leg with a pistol during an alleged business dispute.

The gunshot victim, who police say was the intended target, was found near the Mobil gas station at Sheridan Road and 9th Street.

Paramedics transported the victim to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville where he was listed in fair condition with a single gunshot wound to the upper thigh, Mohn said.

The Winthrop Harbor Police Departments Crime Scene Investigative Unit was called and began collecting evidence and conducting an investigation.

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The suspect was identified as Oscar M. Sotelo-Nava, 33, of the 900 block of Landon Avenue in Winthrop Harbor.

Mohn said that a multi-city regional search was initiated and evidence led investigators to believe that Sotelo-Nava had fled the state and was on the way to Mexico through the U.S. Southern Border.

Police worked with the United States Customs and Border Protection Agency in two different southern border stations to develop information on a possible crossing location for Sotelo-Nava.

U.S. border patrol officers located Sotelo-Nava on May 19 and arrested him at the Laredo, Texas border crossing, Mohn said.

The Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office approved charges of aggravated battery with a firearm, a Class X felony, aggravated discharge of a firearm, a Class 1 felony, and aggravated battery, a Class 3 felony.

Sotelo-Nava remains in custody pending an extradition hearing in Texas for his return to Lake County.