Accused Murderer Juan Diego Vargas Arrested in Crossville on 2010 Case
August 7, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Coordinated work between members of the MNPD’s Special Response Team, U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force and the Crossville Police Department led to Wednesday night’s arrest of accused murderer Juan Diego Vargas.
Vargas, 27, was taken into custody at the Motel 6 on U.S. Highway 127 in Crossville. He had apparently been working in that area doing construction.
Vargas is accused in the March 2010 murder of Santos Cordova Reyes, 27, at the Las Potrancas Bar on Haywood Lane. Investigation by lead Detective Derry Baltimore and his colleagues at the South Precinct, combined with assistance from witnesses in the Latino community, led to the identification of suspects Juan Diego Vargas (alleged gunman) and his brother, Adolfo Vargas Jr. Adolfo, who was charged with being an accessory for driving Juan away from the scene, was taken into custody shortly after the shooting at a home on Algonquin Trail. At the time, Adolfo speculated that Juan had traveled to either Mexico or California.
Adolfo was convicted on the accessory charge in 2012 and received a probated sentence.
Juan is being held in the Metro Jail in lieu of $2.75 million bond.